Local Update: H1N1 Influenza
As of May 6, 2009 at 8am- there is still no evidence that H1N1 influenza is in Montana- however, seasonal influenza continues to circulate in our communities. Currently, there are 642 laboratory confirmed cases across the U.S. in 41 states. There have been 2 deaths, both in Texas. However, the current situation is constantly evolving as more is learned about the virus.
CCHD continues to monitor our surveillance systems daily with our healthcare providers, schools and long-term care/nursing home facilities. CCHD has also distributed targeted information to Child Care Providers and Dental Healthcare Providers. We have been planning for implementing community measures, such as dismissal or social distancing, should they become necessary. However, it is important to note that the recommendations for school dismissal have recently changed- please click on the link to view those.
As always, CCHD recommends that you wash your hands, cover your cough and stay home when you are ill to protect yourself and others from illness. If you have a fever and a cough or sore throat and are not getting better, it is recommended that you call your physician so they can determine any treatment or testing that might be needed.