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Swine Flu becomes 2009 H1N1Influenza

Late yesterday afternoon the Mitchell County Health Department issued a press release authorized by Mitchell County Health Officer, Dr. Kris Kimple.

The document now refers to what we have been calling the Swine Flu – as the 2009H1N1 Influenza and describes the symptoms as:
1. Recent onset of fever of at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Runny nose and nasal congestion
3. Sore throat AND…
4. A cough
You are considered at risk if:
1. Within 7-days have been in close contact with a person who is a confirmed case of H1N1
2. Within 7-days of travel to a community either within the United States or internationally where there are one or more confirmed cases of the Swine Flu infection OR…
3. Resides in a community where there are one or more confirmed cases of the H1N1 Influenza infection

The press release also lists the things that you can do to reduce the risk of
contracting this strain of influenza such as: washing your hands frequently, staying at home when you are sick and keeping your children home from school when they are sick, cough or sneeze into your elbow and practice the healthy regimen – balanced diet, hydrating frequently, and adequate rest and exercise.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has established a phone number for concerned Kansans to call. The Toll Free number is 1-877-427-7317.

Kansans can also e-mail swinefluinfo@kdheks.gov or visit the online site http://www.kdheks.gov.

About Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".