Kentucky health officials said Sunday there are no reported cases of swine flu in Kentucky, but they are monitoring cases in other parts of the country and Mexico.
On Friday, state Department for Public Health officials began asking doctors and hospitals to be on alert for potential swine flu cases in Kentucky, said Gwenda Bond, a spokeswoman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
"We are asking that samples from any patient testing positive for influenza A be sent to the state public health laboratory for further testing to determine if the illness is caused by human influenza," Bond said. Samples that need further testing with be sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Federal officials announced Sunday that they would release 25 percent of influenza-related countermeasures — including drugs and surgical masks. As a precaution, Kentucky has asked that its share be sent to the state, Bond said.
The state has a statewide flu pandemic plan in place and have been practicing for a possible pandemic for years, state health officials said Sunday.
For more information about the plan, visit www.chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/preparedness/panflu.