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Flu is widespread in Montana, Yellowstone County has highest number of cases

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BILLINGS - Flu activity in Montana is now considered widespread, according to the most recent Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services report on influenza.

In the report that ended Friday, 220 new cases of the flu were reported in 32 Montana counties. It's the biggest increase in flu cases since the season began.

This season, Yellowstone County has had 81 confirmed cases, Big Horn County has had 24, Rosebud County has had 13 and Richland County has had 22 cases.

The county with the most cases of flu is Yellowstone County, followed by Flathead County.

There have been 613 cases of influenza across the state, resulting in 115 hospitalizations and seven deaths this season.

The Center for Disease Control reports that all but 13 states have widespread flu.

Health officials advise people to get a Flu shot, wash their hands often, and avoid contact with sick people.

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