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Posted on: January 7, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Butte, rest of Montana, escaping worst of early flu season

Butte-Silver Bow and the state of Montana have so far escaped the worst of a flu season that experts predict could be nasty across the U.S.

“So far everything seems to be average,” Butte-Silver Bow Public Health Nurse Karen Maloughney said Tuesday.

The county had only seen 12 cases as of Dec. 27, according to the most recent information available. Statewide, there have been 1,123 cases and more than 100 hospitalizations through that date – again, about average.

Anaconda-Deer Lodge has seen five cases so far this season.

“It seems to be sporadic,” said public health department interim director Linda Best. “I wouldn’t say it’s flu season here yet.”

Read the full story in The Montana Standard.
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