Kansas official says flu is taxing resources

TOPEKA | The Kansas secretary of health and environment says the state's response to the swine flu outbreak is stretching its resources and more will be needed.

Secretary Rod Bremby told legislators during a briefing on the outbreak Wednesday that the agency was incurring additional expense to keep additional staff working at its laboratory and other offices. He said the agency would be asking the governor to seek additional funds, but an exact amount won't be known until at least Friday.

President Barack Obama is seeking $1.5 billion in federal funds to assist with the response to the flu outbreak. Bremby said it was unclear how much states can expect in the way of federal money or when it might arrive.

Kansas has two confirmed cases of swine flu, both in Dickinson County.