Topeka Gov. Mark Parkinson and health and emergency management officials announced Thursday that they will convene a summit on the global swine flu pandemic.
The meeting will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the Maner Conference Center in Topeka, and broadcast to six more locations in the state.
In addition to Parkinson, those who will participate in the summit are Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Roderick Bremby, Kansas Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, and Kansas Education Commissioner Alexa Posny.
Other state and local officials also will speak at the meeting, which in an invitation-only event.
The summit will be broadcast to facilities in Garden City, Hays, Kansas City, Salina and Wichita.
In a briefing earlier this week, State Health Officer Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips said officials must take precautions.
“It’s just a reality we all have to awaken ourselves to,” he said.
The H1N1 flu has already killed 1,400 people worldwide since it was discovered earlier this year.
Some health officials have estimated between 20 percent and 40 percent of the world’s population may catch the infection within the next two years.
In Kansas, cases have been confirmed in 49 of 105 counties, resulting in 29 hospitalizations and one death.
The outbreak has been most frequent among school-age children.
Health officials say they want to be aggressive in keeping people with the flu separated as much as possible from well people to contain the spread.
They said closing schools has not been successful because children have simply congregated in other settings.
“Our goal is to do everything possible to keep schools open and functioning,” Eberhart-Phillips said.
He said a vaccine for the virus will probably start to be available in Kansas in September.