Health and Family Services Cabinet
H1N1 Update: New Confirmed Cases Reported to CDC
Cases Include Cluster Involving Madison County Community Living Residents
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 20, 2009) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has confirmed and reported several new cases of H1N1 swine flu involving residents from Madison, Jefferson and Scott counties, including a cluster of associated cases in Madison County. Kentucky has now reported 20 confirmed cases of H1N1.
"We are continuing to monitor the spread of this new strain of H1N1 around the state, and to respond with the appropriate preventive measures," said William Hacker, M.D., commissioner of DPH. "We continue to advise Kentuckians to practice good health habits, including frequent hand washing and staying home from work or school when sick.”
Currently, the State Public Health Lab has confirmed one case in an individual who resides in a Supports for Community Living (SCL) residence in Madison County. Illness suspected to be H1N1 has also been identified in approximately 20 other individuals who live in residential settings owned by the same provider and in several staff members. The Madison County Health Department and the SCL are working in close collaboration with DPH to prevent the further spread of illness through voluntary isolation and quarantine of individuals who are ill or have close contact with others who are ill for seven days or until one day after symptoms resolve, whichever comes sooner. All group activities have also been canceled by the provider.
"State and local health officials are working closely with the SCL provider, who has been extremely cooperative in responding quickly to limit this outbreak of illness," said Dr. Hacker. "It is not unexpected that we would begin to see associated cases develop as this illness spreads and becomes more common, as many other states have already experienced."
In addition, the State Public Health Lab also confirmed new cases in Scott County (1) and Jefferson County (3). A listing of all reported cases by county can be found at http://healthalerts.ky.gov.
Kentucky health officials continue to ask that Kentuckians be alert for the symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, sore throat, cough, body aches, and vomiting or diarrhea. Individuals should seek evaluation by a health care provider if necessary and stay home from work, school and other public places until 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.
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. An updated listing of cases by county will also be available at the Health Alerts Web site.