Flu season in Montana is getting worse. The state health department reports nearly 500 new cases were counted last week. That’s about 150 more cases than the previous week.
That brings the state’s total number of flu cases this season to about 1,500. And with cases in all but five of Montana’s counties, flu activity is now considered widespread across the state.
So far this season, there have been 75 hospitalizations and two deaths from influenza. That’s a higher number of flu-related hospitalizations than the health department observed at this time in the last few years.
Last season, the state reported 79 deaths attributed to influenza.