For Immediate Release
May 7, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Daily update of 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus cases identified in Kansas

Two new cases of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus have been confirmed since the last update yesterday afternoon.  One case is a child in Wyandotte County and the other is a child in Johnson County.

The probable case involving a hospitalized patient in Johnson County that was announced last Friday has now been confirmed after a repeated test and consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Today’s announcement brings the Kansas totals to 12 confirmed cases.

In all cases, the local health departments are following the guidance provided by KDHE when dealing with a confirmed case.  This includes a thorough case investigation and management of the patient and close contacts.

Starting today, May 7, KDHE will report cases of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus once daily by 10 a.m.  The daily report will include all cases identified by 11:59 p.m. of the previous day.  The case counts will be communicated through a daily news release and posted on the 2009 H1N1 flu virus section of the KDHE web site www.kdheks.gov.

As of today, KDHE has identified the following cases of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus in Kansas (the following list includes the new case from Wyandotte County announced in this release):

Confirmed Cases – 12 total

Dickinson County – 2 cases

Johnson County – 5 cases

Sedgwick County – 1 case

Wyandotte County – 4 cases

KDHE is continuing to work with local health departments and other healthcare providers to identify cases in Kansas and interrupt the chain of virus transmission wherever it is found.

The symptoms of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include:

Individuals who experience the above symptoms should contact their health care provider, who will determine whether testing or treatment is needed. There is no vaccine available right now to protect against the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, but there are effective treatments available once the infection is diagnosed.

As with any influenza virus, individuals are encouraged to take the following steps to reduce spread:

It is important to know that the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus is not transmitted by food.  You cannot get this virus from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe.

KDHE has established a phone number for concerned Kansans to call with questions about the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus.  The toll-free number is 1-877-427-7317.  Operators will be available to answer questions from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Persons calling will be directed to press “1” on their touch-tone phone to be directed to an operator who can answer questions.

Kansans with questions about the virus can email H1N1fluinfo@kdheks.gov.  Information is also available from KDHE at www.kdheks.gov.