Health and Family Services Cabinet
H1N1 Update: Two New Confirmed Cases Reported to CDC
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 19, 2009) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has confirmed and reported two new cases of H1N1 swine flu involving residents from Jefferson and Fayette counties. Kentucky has now reported 15 confirmed cases of H1N1.
"We remain concerned about the spread of H1N1 and continue to keep the public updated on recent developments in Kentucky," said William Hacker, M.D., commissioner of DPH. "At this time, we continue to advise residents of the state to practice good health habits, including frequent hand washing and staying home from work or school if you’re sick.”
A listing of cases by county can be found at http://healthalerts.ky.gov. Barring new developments, after today the Web site will be updated with any new confirmed cases at 4 p.m. daily, but a news release will not be sent out.
Kentucky health officials continue to ask that Kentuckians who have traveled recently to Mexico or other countries or communities within the U.S. where the new H1N1 influenza strain known as swine flu has been reported, or who are planning such travel, be alert for the symptoms of swine flu in the following ways:
− Monitor yourself and travel companions for symptoms of fever, chills, headache, sore throat, cough, body aches, and vomiting or diarrhea.
− If symptoms of illness develop within seven days of travel return, seek evaluation by a health care provider as soon as possible.
− Be sure to tell your health care provider about your recent travel and suggest testing for influenza.
− Stay home from work, school and other public places until you are feeling well.
People who have been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with swine flu or who reside in communities where there are one or more confirmed swine flu cases should also be alert for these symptoms. Common sense precautions to prevent illness include: avoiding close contact with those who are ill; staying home when sick; covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth; and frequent hand washing.
For more information on swine flu, visit: http://cdc.gov/h1n1flu. Individuals can also visit http://healthalerts.ky.gov for information on swine flu and Kentucky, or follow KYHealthAlerts on Twitter to be notified when new information is posted at the Web site. An updated listing of cases by county will also be available at the Health Alerts Web site.