Friday, May 1, 2009
City of Wichita and Sedgwick County Health officials held a media briefing regarding the H1N1 virus at 3 p.m. today in the first-floor City Council Conference room at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
Also this afternoon, Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, State Health Officer and Director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Division of Health, provided an update on KDHE's response to the 2009 H1N1 flu virus outbreak:
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has been hard at work this week in response to the 2009 H1N1 flu virus outbreak. On Saturday, KDHE announced that two cases of the 2009 H1N1 flu virus have been confirmed in Dickinson County, Kansas. Kansas has had no additional confirmed cases of the 2009 H1N1 flu virus in the state.
Today, KDHE is announcing that there is a probable case in a hospitalized patient in Johnson County. The patient is isolated and is being appropriately managed as a precaution. The local health department is following the guidance provided through CDC when dealing with a probable case. This includes a thorough case investigation and management of the patient and close contacts.
A specimen from the patient was received in KDHE’s laboratory yesterday. Based on the results from KDHE’s testing, the specimen warranted further testing at CDC.
Arrangements have been made to deliver the specimen to CDC for testing and we are awaiting word on when results can be expected, but it will likely be late this weekend or early next week. After KDHE receives the test results and communicates with the local health department, a news release will be issued. No additional information will be available on this probable patient until final results are reported from CDC.
The department has set up a hot line to handle calls from residents and health care providers about the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the new virus is "a very unusual" four-way combination of genes from human, bird and pig viruses found in North America, Asia and Europe.
For more information regarding the H1N1 virus, click here.