Gove County Confirmed H1N1 Virus Case
A case of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus was confirmed today in a Colorado resident who is hospitalized in Gove County, Kansas. The patient was traveling through Kansas and it is likely that his exposure to the virus happened outside of the state. This is the first case identified in Gove County.
The local health department is following the guidance provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) when dealing with a confirmed case. This includes a thorough case investigation and management of the patient and close contacts.
As of today, KDHE has announced 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 – 70 total
* Dickinson County – Two cases involving adults
* Ford County – One case involving a child
* Geary County – 15 cases total involving eight adults and seven children
* Gove County – One case involving an adult
* Johnson County – 11 cases total involving four adults and seven children
* Ottawa County – One case involving a child
* Riley County – 21 cases total involving 15 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 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.