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State Continues To Track H1N1 Cases

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says currently there are more than 1,600 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus in 43 states.

In Kentucky there have only been three confirmed cases, but today health officials say they have another probable case, this time in Kenton County.

"Fortunately we've been successful and lucky that no one has passed away. We had one person who was hospitalized and that was a lady who had been to Georgia on a trip", says Dr. William Hacker, the Commissioner for the Department for Public Health.

State health officials say they continue to keep an eye on the H1N1 virus.

"We have three confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus who are Kentucky residents and three probable cases we're tracking right now", says Dr. Hacker.

Although health officials say they've only confirmed three cases in Kentucky, they do have more they will continue to test over the weekend.

"We're maintaining our department operation center over the weekend and maintaining lab testing through the weekend as we have received over 450 samples to be tested for this virus", says Dr. William Hacker.

They do say cases are expected to continue popping up.

"We expect more cases in the U.S. Over the next few weeks. The virus continues to spread, fortunately it's not as bad as we thought it was going to be", says Dr. William Hacker.

Officials say although it seems calm now, they will continue to make the virus their top priority.

"We're going to keep an eye on it very carefully", says Dr. William Hacker.

As for the three probable cases in the state, health officials say they hope to know next week if any test positive for the H1N1 virus.

They do continue to encourage everyone to take measures to prevent yourself from getting the virus. This includes washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you are sick.


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