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Stacey Anderson

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Montana health officials are reporting this season’s first human cases of West Nile Virus. Reported in Custer and Lewis and Clark counties, both occurred in people over the age of 60, who are typically at greater disease risk.

State epidemiologist Stacey Anderson says it’s a common time of year to see West Nile cases.

Pertussis cases by Montana county, 05-05-19
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

There are more than 170 reported cases of whooping cough in Montana. State health officials say local outbreaks in parts of western Montana are driving the recent uptick.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) reports recent outbreaks of whooping cough in Missoula, Flathead and Lake counties.

Influenza cases reported by week, Montana 2018-2019 season. Jan. 18, 2019.
Montana DPHHS

Flu season is well underway and as a result, some healthcare facilities in Northwest Montana are restricting visiting hours.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare announced Tuesday that children under age 13 won’t be allowed to visit Kalispell Regional Medical Center, The HealthCenter and Pathways Treatment Center after the facilities noted an increase in influenza admissions.

Flu shot. File photo.
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A total of 145 new cases of influenza were reported during the first week of the new year, according to the most recent data from the Montana Health Department.

Stacey Anderson, the agency’s vaccine preventable disease epidemiologist, describes these cases as the 'tip of the iceberg'.

Flu shot. File photo.
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Montana health experts tell us this year’s flu virus is here early and packs a punch. They say now is the time to get a flu shot.

As of October 21, "We have had 42 confirmed cases of influenza," says Montana health department epidemiologist Stacey Anderson.