Archive for Monday, May 11, 2009

Swine flu cases hold steady in Kansas

May 11, 2009

For more swine flu information
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has established a phone number for concerned Kansans to call with questions about the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus. The toll-free number is 1 (877) 427-7317.  Operators will be available to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Persons calling will be directed to press “1” on their touch-tone phone to be directed to an operator who can answer questions. Kansans with questions about the virus can email H1N1fluinfo@kdheks.gov. Information is also available from KDHE online.

The number of confirmed cases of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A, or swine flu, in Kansas remains at 22, with nine of those cases reported in both Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

New cases reported over the weekend pushed up both Johnson and Wyandotte counties’ totals. In Johnson County, there are four cases involving children and five cases involving adults. Health officials gave no other details about the cases involving children, but De Soto USD 232 on Thursday identified one of the confirmed child cases as a student at Riverview Elementary School in Shawnee.

De Soto school district officials emphasized in news releases this weekend that janitorial staffs are taking precautions to keep schools disinfected. The district, in conjunction with Johnson County Health Department, will present an informational meeting on swine flu for parents at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium at Riverview, 21550 W. 47th St., Shawnee.

Of the nine cases in Wyandotte County, eight involve children. Health officials said one of those cases was a child who was treated at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and released after full recovery. No details about any of the other Wyandotte County cases were released.

The other cases in Kansas involve two adults residing in the same household in Dickinson County. One of the patients had recently traveled to Mexico, epicenter of the outbreak.

The other cases involve a child from Ottawa County and a child from Sedgwick County.

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