Three new cases of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus have been confirmed in Kansas Tuesday, May 19.
Two cases were identified in a Riley County adult and child. One case was identified in a Saline County child. Tuesday’s announcement brings the Kansas total to 49 confirmed cases.
As of Tuesday, 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).
Dickinson County – Two cases involving adults
Ford County – One case involving a child
Geary County – Nine cases total involving three adults and six children
Johnson County – 11 cases total involving four adults and seven children
Ottawa County – One case involving a child
Riley County – Nine cases total involving six adults and three children
Saline County – Four cases total involving one adult and three children
Sedgwick County – One case involving a child
Wyandotte County – 11 cases total involving one adult and 10 children
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:
· Fever greater than 100 degrees
· Body aches
· Sore throat
· Respiratory congestion
· In some cases, diarrhea and vomiting
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:
· Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to get rid of most germs and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
· Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to co-workers and friends.
· Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues.
· Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting adequate rest and exercise.
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.