New case of H1N1 flu confirmed

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— Pottawatomie County has its first confirmed case of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported on Wednesday.

The infected child in Potawatomie County brings the number of confirmed cases in the state since the outbreak began in April to 97, though public health officials have said many others have probably been infected but have not sought treatment or had their cases confirmed.

There have been confirmed cases of the virus in 15 of the state’s 105 counties. Geary County has had the most, with 25. Riley and Wyandotte counties have reported 23 and 15 cases, respectively.

Public health officials are urging anyone who suffers from flu symptoms to contact their health care provider, who will determine whether testing or treatment is needed. Flu symptoms include a fever of more than 100 degrees, body aches, sore throat, cough, respiratory congestion and in some cases diarrhea and vomiting.

KDHE has established a phone number for Kansans to call with questions about the H1N1 virus. The toll-free number is 1-877-427-7317. Operators are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Questions can also be e-mailed to H1N1fluinfor@kdheks.gov. Information also is available at the agency’s Web site, www.kdheks.gov.