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KDHE changes testing procedures for swine flu virus

September 2, 2009


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Wednesday a change to its testing procedures for the swine flu virus.

It is no longer accepting specimens from everyone who sees a doctor with symptoms.

KDHE will continue collecting specimens from hospitalized patients as well as a limited number of specimens from a network of clinics and hospitals across the state that are submitting weekly information on the number of patients they are seeing with flu-like symptoms. Those sites also will submit a random sample of specimens from patients, for testing that will allow KDHE to monitor the spread of disease in the state.

Testing these random samples alone will stretch the state’s lab capacity to the limit this fall and winter, said Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, state health officer.

“In nonhospitalized cases, any confirmatory testing we do would not affect the treatment and advice given to patients by health care providers,” he added.


Boston_Corbett 8 years, 8 months ago

This is September 2??

The word I recently heard is that kdhe has not been running any H1N1 confirmatory tests from county health depts in the last few weeks. NONE. Nunca. No money.

Which gets back to the reportage credibility of the LJW and KU on this issue in the last few weeks.

Without specific diagnosis of H1N1.... or even a flu diagnosis....the numbers reported by the LJW via Todd Cohen and KU are totally BOGUS.

The headlines and articles should have been "flu-like" not "swine-flu confirmed."

The original article headlines have become more moderated/correct since the first few days.

That is the point.

I do not dispute the current H1N1 is not a serious issue. What I dispute is horribly inaccurate and incorrect reporting.

If I am wrong, let the reporters write to correct it. But you will not find this. ...............

ferretpop 8 years, 8 months ago

Yahoo News August 12, 2009 reports on another natural herb that can be taken before considering flu drugs or the vaccine: Tulsi.

Dr. Mercola's web page also lists 10 steps that can be taken to stay healthy even during a flu panic. Why wait to catch any flu or support the financial security of drug and vaccine producers who cannot guarantee their vaccine won't harm you?

cthulhu_4_president 8 years, 8 months ago

Dr. Mercola is a quack, and a mouthpiece for the rabid antivaccination movement. His antivaccination rhetoric is filled with half-truths and straight up lies, whose only result will be dead children from preventable illness.

However, please decide for yourself. Here is Meracola's piece on his belief (with no evidence) that adjuvants in vaccinations cause illness. Especially chilling is the into to his piece where he says that a couple of thousand dead chldren isn't actually that bad.

And here is a piece from pediatrician Joe Albeitz, who uses little things like testable claims and medical knowledge to tear Mercola to shreds. It is long, but worth reading. After reading Albeitz, I almost felt sorry for Mercola.

On this year, when we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox from this planet, it is truly terrifying to me that people like Mercola would seek for the return of diseases such as this. Vaccinations are not perfect and side effects happen with any medication, but when people don't get vaccinated and the herd immunity is lost, the only consequence will be children dying from the irresponsability of others.

This is one such (sad) story. Don't read if you're in a good mood and want to stay that way.

Ronda Miller 8 years, 8 months ago

"What I dispute is horribly inaccurate and incorrect reporting"

All I have to say in response to that is 'SCAT'.....

Alison Carter 8 years, 8 months ago

Suggest more detailed stories on experiences of people who have gone through and recovered from the various flu(s) going around. We need to know more about what might be involved and tips on how safely to relieve the symptoms and when to see a doctor. How high were some of the temps? Chills? vomiting? duration?
Have a story a day on flu survivors. Details will be helpful to readers who are still in line for possible flu.

cthulhu_4_president 8 years, 8 months ago

I just realized that my link to Mercola wont' let you read the article unless you subscribe to his newsletter. I had forgotten that this was required, as the article was e-mailed to me. Pertinant points are paraphrased in Albeitz's article, but if you're afraid of bias, Mercola's shouldn't be that hard to find.

Also, the molecular composition of tulsi indicates that it could be a mildly effective painkiller, and useful in controlling glucose levels in diabetes patients. There have been no trials that I could find which tested its efficacy as an antiviral. The yahoo news article contained no links to any studies. If you've seen any, I would love to read them.

cowboy 8 years, 8 months ago

I've got it , controlling fever with aspirin and taking a bit of cough suppressant , it's flu but it's not really bad flu , you just need to give up and spend a few days as a couch potato. I think the med folks have realized there ain't a damn thing they can do for you and why go thru all the rigamaroll.

Alison Carter 8 years, 8 months ago

Keep us posted, cowboy, on your version of the flu. Take care.

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