Flu Activity Higher Than Usual

AR-Dept-of-Health

Winter is in the air and so is flu season, especially in the South.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu activity, which has been increasing since the start of November, is now higher than usual for this time of year.

Five children have died, and an additional 566 flu-related hospitalizations have occurred as of Nov. 25.

The report stated that Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Oklahoma have reported widespread activity during the week ending Nov. 25.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health December 2nd Weekly Influenza Report, since October 1st, over 3,200 positive influenza tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers.

Last week 57 counties reported influenza cases. The majority of reports in our listening area came from Faulkner, Lonoke, Sharp and White Counties.

The average school absenteeism rate last week was 5.56 percent among public schools.

To date, three influenza-related deaths have been reported in Arkansas this flu season among persons 65 and older. No pediatric deaths have been reported in Arkansas this flu season.   MORE

Designed by Reinhold Technology Solutions