When Will the First Case of This Disease Hit Montana?

If the pandemic taught us anything about disease, it should be at how quickly something can spread, especially a virus.  Starting small, it suddenly blooms into a full-blown epidemic causing havoc and chaos everywhere.

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Now, one of the most infectious diseases out there is making a comeback across the United States, even the world.  And while we haven't seen it in Montana yet, the chances are increasing that measles will make its way across the border.

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2024 Has Been a Scary Start for Measles Cases Across the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of March 14, 2024, there have been 58 measle cases reported in 17 different states.  Some of those locations are popular destinations for Montana families including Washington state, California and Arizona.

So far, the Montana Department of Health and Human Services website indicates that there have not been any cases reported as of yet in the state.

Montana Department of Health and Human Services Website
Montana Department of Health and Human Services Website

What You Need to Know About Measles in Montana

As the season changes to nicer weather, many Montana residents will be on the road for vacations.  That could lead to cases being brought into our state.  Do you know the symptoms of measles?

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From the MDHHS website:

  • Measles is a serious respiratory disease caused by a virus. Measles starts with a fever. Soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. The rash can last for a week, and coughing can last for 10 days.
  • Measles is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.
  • Stay home.  Do not go straight to the doctor. Instead, call ahead to inform a healthcare professional of your possible exposure so you can get instructions about how to avoid exposing others.

How to protect yourself against West Nile, other mosquite-borne diseases

According to the New Jersey Department of Health, residents should take the following steps to help prevent diseases transmitted by the bite of a mosquito.

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Ranking the States That Eat the Healthiest Food

When looking at all U.S. States here is a look at the states that seem to do the best job at making sure they are eating healthy foods.

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Healthy Foods That People Seem to Hate

Here is a look at some healthy food options that lots of people seem to not like very much.

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