HELENA - Flathead County continues to lead the state with the number of influenza cases.
The Montana Department of Health and Human Services reports for the week of Jan. 14 to Jan. 20, 67 new cases were reported in the county.
This flu season has seen a total number of 399 cases in Flathead County. Yellowstone County has the second most influenza cases with a total of 310 so far this season. Meanwhile, in Missoula County, 28 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 115 for this flu season.
State health officials say influenza activity increased during Week three of 2018 with 593 new cases reported from 45 counties. There have been 20 deaths in Montana due to influenza and 353 hospitalizations have been reported to DPHHS.
The age group with the highest rate of hospitalizations are those aged 65 years and older. The most common influenza type identified this season is Influenza A H3.
Other Western Montana county flu cases:
Click here to view the latest Montana flu report.
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
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
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.