Ness County Confirmed H1N1 Influenza Case

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A case of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus was confirmed today in a Ness County adult. This is the first case of the virus identified in Ness County.

This new case bring to 35 the number of Kansas counties with laboratory-confirmed evidence of H1N1 flu infections since the first cases were reported in the state on April 25.

The local health departments are 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 confirmed 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 – 200 total

* Brown County – Three cases total involving one adult and two children
* Butler County – Two cases total involving one adult and one child
* Cowley County – Three cases total involving two adults and one child
* Crawford County – Three cases involving adults
* Dickinson County – Two cases involving adults
* Douglas County – Ten cases total involving seven adults and three children
* Edwards County – One case involving a child
* Finney County – Six cases involving children
* Ford County – One case involving a child
* Geary County – 26 cases total involving 10 adults and 16 children
* Gove County – One case involving an adult
* Jefferson County – One case involving an adult
* Johnson County – 19 cases total involving eight adults and 11 children
* Kiowa County – Three cases involving adults
* Labette County – Eight cases total involving five adults and three children
* Leavenworth County – Two cases involving children
* Logan County – One case involving an adult
* Lyon County – One case involving an adult
* Miami County – Two cases total involving one adult and one child
* Morton County – Three cases total involving two adults and one child
* Neosho County – Two cases involving children
* Ness County – One case involving an adult
* Ottawa County – One case involving a child
* Pottawatomie County – Two cases involving children
* Rawlins County – One case involving a child
* Reno County – Three cases total involving one adult and two children
* Republic County – Two cases total involving one adult and one child
* Riley County – 25 cases total involving 17 adults and eight children
* Saline County – Nine cases total involving one adult and eight children
* Sedgwick County – 22 cases total involving 12 adults and 10 children
* Shawnee County – Three cases total involving two adults and one child
* Sheridan County – Four cases involving children
* Stafford County – Two cases total involving one adult and one child
* Thomas County – 10 cases total involving eight adults and two children
* Wyandotte County – 15 cases total involving two adults and 13 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.

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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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