Montana’s First Probable Case of H1N1 Flu

Today the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and Riverstone Health, Yellowstone County’s local public health organization, reported the first probable case of H1N1 (swine) influenza in the state. 

The case involves a Yellowstone County adult male. The patient was not hospitalized and is currently recovering.

A specimen from this individual has been sent by the DPHHS Public Health Laboratory to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing to confirm H1N1 (swine) influenza. Based on DPHHS test results it’s likely this will turn out to be the first H1N1 (swine) influenza case in Montana.

To view the entire DPHHS press release, click here.

Local health officials recommend everyday precautions to protect yourself from influenza: wash your hands frequently, cover your coughs and sneezes and stay home when you are ill to limit  your contact with others.

For information on the nationwide situation visit: www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu