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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the online site http://www.kdheks.gov.