For Immediate Release
May 20, 2009

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

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

Three new cases of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus have been confirmed in Kansas since the last update on Tuesday, May 19.  The three cases were identified in Geary County and involved two adults and one child.  Today’s announcement brings the Kansas total to 52 confirmed cases. 

As of today, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has identified the following cases of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus in Kansas.  In all cases, the local health departments are following the guidance provided by KDHE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Confirmed Cases – 52 total

KDHE will report cases of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus once each weekday by 10 a.m. through a news release and at www.kdheks.gov.

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.