Swine flu reported on the Hi-Line
May 15, 2009
Tim Leeds Havre Daily News [email protected]
Swine flu has hit the Havre area, with a confirmed case reported at the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation. A written release from the Rocky Boy Clinic stated that a case was confirmed Wednesday. "The patient was not hospitalized and stayed home for more than 7 days," the report said. "There are no other confirmed cases at this time," the release stated. Clay Vincent, Hill County sanitarian, said the Hill County, Blaine County, Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation and Fort Belknap Indian Reservation governments are staying in close contact to monitor the situation. “This was expected,” he said. “Sooner or later it was going to hit the Hi-Line.” Vincent again stressed that people need to treat the swine flu as they would any illness try to minimize the chance of getting the disease by regularly washing their hands and trying to minimize exposing others if they have symptoms. “Wash your hands. If you're sick, stay home,” he said. People have been asked to avoid going to their doctor's office or to the clinic if they have symptoms of the flu, including fever, coughing, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting from the illness. People are asked to call their doctor To find out what they should do if they suspect they have the swine flu or the seasonal flu, which is still being diagnosed in Montana. The swine flu strain typically takes about seven days in which to recover. People are typically told to go home, get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids and to call their health care provider if they are concerned.