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Missoula Health Dept confirms 6-year deaths of flu

MISSOULA, Mont. – Montana health officials say a child in Missoula County is the first person to die of an…

Montana health officials say a child in Missoula County is the first person to die of an influenza-related disease in the state this season.

Official public health and human services authorities said in a statement Monday there are not many influenza cases in Montana right now, but the number is expected to increase in the coming weeks.

There have been five flu-like childbirths throughout the country so far.

Aunt of 6-year-old Allison Eaglespeaker, of Missoula, started a GoFundMe page saying that the girl died of flu B and pneumonia on Saturday. The family retrieves money to help pay for kindergartner’s medical expenses and funeral at Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

The following was sent by the Missoula City-County Health Department:

Missoula City-County Health Department, in collaboration with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), has confirmed the state’s first flu-related death of the flu season 2018-2019 with a child from Missoula County. Due to integrity, no further details will be released.

Nationally, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Treatment (CDC) reports that there have been five flu-like childbirths this season. In Montana, the last influenza-related childbirth occurred during the flu season 2017-2018 when a child under 18 years died.

Influenza activity is currently at low levels in Montana; However, it is expected to change over the next few weeks. In Montana, influenza activity increases in December and peaks in January and February. So far, 36 cases and six hospital stays have been reported in Montana. Last season, more than 10,000 cases were reported, 979 hospital stays and 79 deaths over Montana.

Disease spreads through cough and sneezing with symptoms that may include high fever, chills, headache, fatigue, throat, cough and body aches. It may take about 1 to 4 days after being exposed to the virus to develop the symptoms. In addition, you can send the flu to someone else 1 day before and 5-7 days after getting sick.

There are many weeks of influenza activity left and CDC continues to recommend getting a flu vaccine to protect against flu.

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