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KDHE creates swine flu hotline and email

Kansans concerned about the appearance of swine flu can call a toll free hotline with questions.

The toll-free number, 1-877-427-7317, is offered by Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Operators will be available to answer questions from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

After calling the number, people will be directed to press “1″ to speak to an operator about the swine flu.

Kansans can also email questions about the virus to swinefluinfo@kdheks.gov.

The department has also posted information about swine flu on its website.

Kansas has had two confirmed cases of swine flu, but no other cases have been confirmed. The department is investigating the cases and working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In accordance with the Kansas Response Plan, KDHE is also monitoring and instituting recommendations from CDC for any additional influenza disease surveillance activities, reviewing plans to further enhance those activities, and advising health care providers on how to handle potential swine flu cases.

The department recommends the following steps to help prevent the virus from spreading:

* Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to get rid of most germs and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

* Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to co-workers and friends.

* Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues.

* Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting adequate rest and exercise.

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