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Montana continues to see sharp rise in flu cases

Posted: 9:45 AM, Feb 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-11 11:45:27-05
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HELENA – Montana is continuing to see a sharp rise in influenza cases, according to officials with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The state saw 728 new cases in the week ending February 2, up from just under 500 from the previous reporting period.

Since the start of the flu season, there have been more than 2,200 confirmed cases, 124 hospitalizations, and three deaths— including one child in Missoula — resulting from influenza.

DPHHS reports that the most common influenza subtype identified this season is Influenza A and that two new influenza outbreaks were reported during the latest reporting period. A total of seven outbreaks have been
reported to date this season..

Missoula, Ravalli, Cascade, Gallatin and Yellowstone counties have seen more than 200 confirmed cases so far this flu season.

Click here to view the latest influenza monitoring report.