Human cases of the 2009 H1N1 flu virus (initially known as swine flu) have been identified in Kansas as well as in additional states and internationally. This situation is of high concern for public health officials because it is a novel virus - one that we have never seen in humans before - so it is unlikely that anyone has a natural immunity to it. The confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus in Kansas have occurred (or are occurring) in the counties named in the attached chart. KDHE is working closely with local health departments, Kansas hospitals, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate the sources of exposure and monitor these cases. KDHE's goals during this public health emergency are to reduce transmission and illness severity, and provide information to assist health care providers, public health officials and the public in addressing the challenges posed by this newly identified influenza virus.
"H1N1 was declared a pandemic virus by the World Health Organization earlier this year," stated Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, State Health Officer and Director of Health for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. "This means we can expect to find H1N1 in virtually every part of Kansas. Testing everyone with flu-like symptoms for H1N1 is no longer needed. What is needed is for people who are experiencing flu-like symptoms to stay home, rest and drink plenty of fluids so that they can recover without spreading the virus to others."
The symptoms of H1N1 flu virus in humans are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include:
As with any influenza virus, individuals are encouraged to take the following steps to reduce spread:
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