FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 3, 2009) The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) will report Kentucky's fourth probable case of H1N1 (swine flu), involving a Daviess County man, to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today.
"In Kentucky and nationally, we are still in the early stages of identifying cases of H1N1 swine flu, and determining how widespread it might become," said William Hacker, M.D., commissioner of DPH. "While we have not identified many probable or confirmed cases, we continue to encourage individuals to stay informed as this situation evolves and to continue practicing basic health habits to prevent illness."
The new probable case in Daviess County involves a young man, who received antiviral treatment and has recovered. He attends college in Massachusetts. The Green River District Health Department will evaluate close contacts for illness and possible preventive treatment, and Kentucky health officials will coordinate the investigation of the case with Massachusetts health officials.
Earlier this week, DPH reported Kentucky’s first cases of swine flu, a confirmed case involving a Warren County woman who is hospitalized in Georgia, and probable cases in Barren River Health District, Fayette County and Montgomery County. Results from CDC on the samples from the previously reported probable cases are not yet available.
Kentucky health officials continue to ask that Kentuckians who have traveled recently to Mexico or other countries or communities within the U.S. where the new H1N1 influenza strain known as swine flu has been reported, or who are planning such travel, be alert for the symptoms of swine flu in the following ways: