Powder River Examiner -

Influenza hits local area hard


January 24, 2020

By Darlynn Williams, Public Health Nurse

As of 1/21/2020, Montana has over 1600 cases of influenza, with 10 cases confirmed in Powder River County. Ages range from 2 years old to 90 years old locally; one case has been hospitalized. It is likely there are many more who have had influenza but haven’t been tested. The number of students absent due to illness has sky rocketed in the past 2 weeks, with 18-22 students absent each day from grades 7-12.

Influenza is a contagious, upper-respiratory disease caused by different strains of influenza viruses. While many people use the imprecise term...

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