Two New Cases Of H1N1 Virus Identified In Kansas

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Two new cases of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus were confirmed in Johnson County, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Both of the new cases in Johnson County involved a child. These cases are in addition to the two Wyandotte County cases that were announced this morning. Today’s announcements bring the total number of Kansas cases to 9 confirmed and 1 probable.

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.

KDHE is still awaiting results from the specimen sent to CDC involving the probable case of a hospitalized patient in Johnson County that was announced last Friday afternoon.

As of Wednesday afternoon, KDHE has identified the following cases of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus in Kansas (the following list includes the two new cases from Johnson County announced in this release):

Confirmed Cases – 9 total Dickinson County

* Two cases involving two adults residing in the same household. Neither of the patients was hospitalized. One of the patients had recently traveled to Mexico.

Johnson County

* One case involving an adult who is a Texas resident but is visiting Johnson County. The patient has not been hospitalized.

* One case involving a child. No additional details are available at this time.

* One case involving a child. No additional details are available at this time.

Sedgwick County

* One case involving a child who traveled out-of-state to an area of known transmission where he/she was presumably exposed to the virus.

Wyandotte County

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* One case involving a child. The patient was hospitalized, but has since been discharged and has fully recovered. The child is not known to have recently traveled away from the Kansas City metro area or have come into contact with anyone who had been to an area known to be affected by the epidemic.

* One case involving an adult. No additional details are available at this time.

* One case involving a child. No additional details are available at this time.

Probable Case – 1 total Johnson County

* One case involving an adult with travel to Mexico. The patient is currently hospitalized.

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
* Coughing
* 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.

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