Kansas Reports More H1N1 influenza A Cases
Ten new cases of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus have been confirmed in Kansas since the last update on Wednesday, May 20. Three new cases were identified in Geary County adults. Five new cases were identified in Riley County, three involving adults and two involving children. One new case was identified in a Saline County child. One new case was identified in a Wyandotte County child. Today’s announcement brings the Kansas total to 62 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 – 62 total
* Dickinson County – Two cases involving adults
* Ford County – One case involving a child
* Geary County – 14 cases total involving eight adults and six children
* Johnson County – 11 cases total involving four adults and seven children
* Ottawa County – One case involving a child
* Riley County – 15 cases total involving nine adults and six children
* Saline County – Five cases total involving one adult and four children
* Sedgwick County – One case involving a child
* Wyandotte County – 12 cases total involving one adult and 11 children
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:
* 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.