Montana health officials say a Missoula state child is the first person to die of influenza in the state this season ,
Public Health Department officials and Human Services said there was no explanation on Monday Many flu cases in Montana are to be expected at the moment, but an increase in numbers is expected in the coming weeks.
So far, there have been five flu-related deaths in children and adolescents nationwide.
The aunt of the six-year-old Mississula Allison Eaglespeaker launched a GoFundMe page on which the girl died of influenza B and pneumonia on Saturday. The family is raising money to pay for the medical expenses and funeral of kindergarten children in the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
The following has been sent by Missoula City Health Department:
Missoula County County Health Department, in conjunction with the Department of Public Health and Human Services of Montana (DPHHS), has appointed State of the country's first influenza death in 2018-2019, involving a child from the Missoula district. For privacy reasons no further details are published.
Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that there have been five flu-related deaths in children this season. In Montana, influenza-related deaths occurred for the last time in the 2017-2018 influenza season when a child under 18 died.
Influenza activity is currently at a low level in Montana. However, this is likely to change in the coming weeks. In Montana, influenza activity is increasing in December, peaking in January and February. To date, 36 cases and six hospitalizations have been reported in Montana. Over 10,000 cases, 979 hospital admissions and 79 deaths across Montana were reported last season.
The disease is characterized by coughing and sneezing with symptoms that may include high fever, chills, headache, fatigue, sore throat, cough, and body aches. It can take about 1 to 4 days for the symptoms to develop. You may also be able to pass the flu on to another person 1 day before and 5 to 7 days after the illness.
There are many weeks of flu activity, and the CDC also recommends receiving a flu vaccine to protect against influenza.