The number of flu cases in Montana continues to climb, with 859 new cases reported last week, the most recent reporting period. A month ago about 500 cases were reported in a single week.
The state health department says influenza continues to be widespread in Montana. So far this flu season more than 5,000 cases have been reported across the state, more than ten percent of those resulted in hospitalizations. Twenty four deaths due to flu have been reported in Montana this season, all but three of those deaths were people age 65 and older.