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Public Health Reports Probable H1N1 Swine Flu Case in Hardin County Resident

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 04, 2009  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Vikki Franklin (502) 564-6786, ext. 3325 and 3429  


Specimen Has Been Sent to CDC for Further Testing

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2009) The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) will report Kentucky's fifth probable case of H1N1 (swine flu), involving a Hardin County toddler, to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today.

    "We continue to investigate and identify possible cases of H1N1 swine flu in Kentucky," said William Hacker, M.D., commissioner of DPH. "There are no special recommendations to individuals other than to stay informed and focus on practicing good health habits. In partnership with local health officials, we evaluate the circumstances surrounding all cases we detect to ensure the appropriate precautions are taken to help prevent the further spread of the illness.”

    The new probable case in Hardin County involves a toddler with a history of recent travel to an affected area in the U.S. The child has not been hospitalized. Health officials from the Lincoln Trail District Health Department are investigating the case, and will evaluate close contacts for illness and possible preventive treatment.

    The child attends a child care center on Fort Knox and local health officials have been working closely with Fort Knox officials. Fort Knox officials have voluntarily closed the child care center through at least Wednesday of this week. Parents of children who attend the Fort Knox child care center are encouraged to keep their children at home and to notify their physician if their child develops any flu-like symptoms.

     Last week, DPH reported Kentucky’s first cases of swine flu, a confirmed case involving a Warren County woman who is hospitalized in Georgia and probable cases in the Barren River Health District, Fayette County, Montgomery County and Daviess County. Results from CDC on the samples for those 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.

    "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."

     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 141 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. 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. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department's Web site is: www.ltdhd.ky.gov.

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Last Updated 5/4/2009