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Flu continues to hit Western Montana

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MISSOULA - Flu season shows no signs of slowing down in our area.

A case in point is Flathead County, which is leading the state with the most confirmed flu cases.

The latest weekly flu report from the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services reports 89 new cases of influenza in Flathead County between Jan. 7 and Jan. 13.

The county also leads the state will 332 reported influenza cases. By contrast, Missoula County has seen 87 confirmed cases while Ravalli County has seen 44 and Lake County is reporting 52 cases so far this season.

State health officials report there have been 18 deaths in Montana attributed to influenza -- all but two have been adults over the age of 65.

More information on the flu can be found on the US Centers for Disease Control website, including the following:

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Signs and Symptoms of Flu

  • People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue (very tired)

  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

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