Health and Family Services Cabinet
Public Health Reports Three More Probable H1N1 Swine Flu Cases in Louisville, Kenton County
May 8, 2009 - The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) announced Friday it will report three more probable cases of H1N1 (swine flu), involving a young adult male and young child from Louisville and a young adult female from Kenton County, to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"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.”
The Louisville Metro and Northern Kentucky health departments are investigating the cases, and will evaluate close contacts for illness and possible preventive treatment. Neither of the recently reported adult probable cases is hospitalized. Details about the child’s status were not immediately available.
At this time, three confirmed cases of H1N1 and five probable cases are reported in Kentucky. CDC notified DPH Thursday that a third case of H1N1 swine flu had been confirmed in a man from Fayette County. The state has two previously confirmed cases, involving residents of Daviess and Warren counties.
Specimens from Kentucky's remaining probable cases are pending at CDC. No new confirmed cases are being reported today.
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.
Currently, there are more than 1,639 confirmed cases and 849 probable cases of swine flu reported in the U.S., a number that is expected to continue to grow. The World Health Organization and CDC have reported numerous human cases of a severe respiratory illness in at least three different regions of Mexico. The number of cases has risen steadily during April 2009. Laboratory testing of patient specimens has confirmed infections with swine influenza ("swine flu") A/H1N1 virus. This is a newly emerging, animal-origin virus that is now being spread from an infected person to another person.
For more information on swine flu, visit: http://cdc.gov/swineflu. 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.