Today, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the state now has a telephone hotline for people with questions about the H1N1 flu. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Within its first hour of operation Monday, 10 people had called the hotline, which the public can call and talk to a live person. The number is 877-843-7727. William Hacker… Continue reading State Has Hotline for Public's Questions about H1N1 Flu
Kentucky’s Department for Public Health opened a toll-free hotline Monday for people with questions about the H1N1 flu. The hotline was funded with federal dollars and will operate daily through December. It could operate longer based on public demand. Kentucky health commissioner William Hacker says priority groups will get doses from the first shipments of… Continue reading H1N1 Hotline Up And Running
Health, education and public safety officials will meet later this week in Frankfort for a Pandemic Influenza Summit organized by the state government. State epidemiologist Dr. Kraig Humbaugh says the novel H1N1 flu strain hit earlier this year, and they used to track cases by getting information from each county. But now they monitor H1N1… Continue reading State Leaders Prepare for H1N1 With Summit This Week
Kentucky health officials say they are as prepared as they can be for another possible round of the H1N1 virus to sweep the state. Department for Public Health Commissioner William Hacker says if there is another outbreak, many experts predict 25%-30% of the population will be infected, and some say up to 40% could get… Continue reading Kentucky Health Officials Prepare for H1N1
Representatives from Kentucky state government are in Bethesda, Maryland today for a summit about the response to the rapid spread of so-called swine flu earlier this year. The H1N1 Preparedness Summit is for government leaders to critique the response to the outbreak and share ideas on how to improve it. Jay Blanton with the governor’s… Continue reading Kentucky Officials Participate in H1N1 Summit
New cases of H1N1 virus – or swine flu – are still being reported to the Kentucky Department of Health – the current total stands at 109 cases. Fifty-six of them have been recorded in Jefferson County. State Epidemiologist Dr. Craig Humbaugh says officials are bracing for a surge in the numbers later this year.… Continue reading H1N1 Cases Could Surge in the Fall
Kentucky Department for Public Health officials say they have confirmed a case of swine flu in a Jefferson County Public Schools employee. It’s the fourth confirmed case in the county, the 13th in the state and the first connected a school. JCPS officials say the patient is a staff member at Meyzeek Middle School who… Continue reading Another Swine Flu Case Confirmed In Jefferson County
Three more probable cases of swine flu have been reported in Kentucky, two in the metro area. They are the first possible cases of swine flu in Louisville.
Local health officials continue to urge people to practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of the H1N1, or swine flu virus. Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman says a vaccine for the virus has not been developed. “This is a brand new virus, this H1N1. When and if a… Continue reading Troutman Discusses Swine Flu Outbreak
Within the past week, Swine Flu has become the news du jour, and it doesn’t appear to be leaving anytime soon. H1N1, the official name, is a respiratory disease contracted by pigs. Up until the past few weeks, human infections were rare. What changed? How can we protect ourselves and our loved ones and how long will this “pandemic” last? Join us on Tuesday when we find out all we need to know about Swine Flu.