CDC Confirms First Case of H1N1 in Montana

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Montana’s first H1N1 (swine) influenza case today.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and RiverStone Health, Yellowstone County’s local public health organization, announced this case as probable on Friday, May 8, 2009. The case involves a Yellowstone County adult male. The patient was not hospitalized.

There are no other confirmed cases at this time.  DPHHS state medical officer Dr. Steven Helgerson said more H1N1 (swine) influenza cases are likely in Montana. 

The symptoms of the H1N1 (swine) influenza are similar to those of seasonal regular influenza: high fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and body aches. Treatment of the H1N1 (swine) influenza is the same as influenza:  stay in bed, rest and drink plenty of fluids. 

“If you are concerned about your symptoms, contact your primary care doctor,” Dr. Helgerson said. “Every person can protect themselves from influenza and other illnesses by practicing good hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly and try to limit contact with people who are sick.  If you are sick, stay home.”

For more information about H1N1 (swine) influenza visit the DPHHS website at www.dphhs.mt.gov/swineflu or www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu