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Alaska reports more H1N1 (swine) flu cases
State adds swine flu counter to Web site


June 08, 2009

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services virology laboratory in Fairbanks reported two new positive test results for the novel H1N1 (swine) flu in Alaska. The samples were confirmed last Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

One patient is a pre-teen from Haines. The boy first reported feeling ill on May 27 after returning from a trip to Seattle. A sample was taken by a private provider on May 28. He has since recovered and no one among his family or friends has reported any flu-like illness.

The other patient is an adult male in his 20s from Fairbanks who first reported feeling ill on May 30. A sample was taken at a clinic on June 2. No information is currently available on where or how he may have been infected.

There is no known connection between these two cases and the first case in Fairbanks reported on May 28.

"The presence of novel H1N1 in Alaska is really the 'new normal'," said Dr. Jay Butler, Alaska's chief medical officer. "We will continue to see more of the H1N1 flu cases confirmed around the state throughout the summer and into the fall. Everyone should continue to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette to protect them and reduce the spread of this, and many other diseases."

Dr. Butler announced last week that he will be leaving the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to join the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention response to the novel H1N1 (swine) flu outbreak. Butler's resignation will be effective June 21, 2009.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has added a 2009 Alaska H1N1 Cases (swine flu) tracking table on the Epidemiology Web site:, and Pandemic flu Web site:

The table will be updated on regular working days by a member of the Epidemiology staff.


Sources of News:

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

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