State Reports 18,000 Flu Cases

Traditional medicine doesn't always work for colds and stomach bugs in children. And in the case of coughs, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against giving children under the age of 6 any cough medicine. (Chris Ware/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)

The first week of the New Year saw Arkansas report “Widespread” activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the latest Arkansas Department of Health Weekly Influenza Report, since October 1st, over 18,000 positive influenza tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers. The latest release states 73 of Arkansas’ 75 counties reported influenza cases.

The majority of reports in our listening area came from Faulkner, Independence, Lonoke and White Counties.

The average school absenteeism rate last week was 8.7 percent among public schools.

To date, 36 influenza-related deaths have been reported among adults. No pediatric deaths have been reported in Arkansas this flu season.

Since October 1, 2017, 34 facilities including 27 nursing homes have reported influenza outbreaks.   MORE

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