Health and Family Services Cabinet
Public Health Reports Probable H1N1 Swine Flu Case in Daviess County Resident
Specimen Has Been Sent to CDC for Further Testing
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 3, 2009) The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) will report Kentucky's fourth probable case of H1N1 (swine flu), involving a Daviess County man, to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today.
"In Kentucky and nationally, we are still in the early stages of identifying cases of H1N1 swine flu, and determining how widespread it might become," said William Hacker, M.D., commissioner of DPH. "While we have not identified many probable or confirmed cases, we continue to encourage individuals to stay informed as this situation evolves and to continue practicing basic health habits to prevent illness."
The new probable case in Daviess County involves a young man, who received antiviral treatment and has recovered. He attends college in Massachusetts. The Green River District Health Department will evaluate close contacts for illness and possible preventive treatment, and Kentucky health officials will coordinate the investigation of the case with Massachusetts health officials.
Earlier this week, DPH reported Kentuckys first cases of swine flu, a confirmed case involving a Warren County woman who is hospitalized in Georgia, and probable cases in Barren River Health District, Fayette County and Montgomery County. Results from CDC on the samples from the previously reported probable cases are not yet available.
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.
"Like the rest of the nation, Kentucky is taking every precaution in responding to this new strain of H1N1," said Gov. Beshear. "Health officials are working to detect all possible cases of swine flu and respond with the appropriate preventive measures. Individuals should continue to monitor this situation as it develops and practice basic measures to stay healthy, such as hand washing and staying home when sick."
Health officials also continue to urge Kentuckians to use basic health habits that help prevent illness.
Green River Health District Director of Nursing Judy Gilmore said, "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, and avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth. I'd also like to particularly emphasize the role of frequent hand washing in staying healthy."
Currently, there are more than 160 confirmed 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. 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/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.