Weekly Flu Report


Fifteen more flu deaths were reported in Arkansas in the past week, bringing this season’s death toll to 140. It marks the highest flu related deaths in the state in the past 17 years.

Since October 1st, over 43,000 positive influenza tests have been reported to the Arkansas Department of Health online database by health care providers. Last week, 72 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.

Among the influenza-related deaths reported in Arkansas this flu season, 137 are among adult persons and three are pediatric deaths. The Center for Disease Control has reported a total of 63 pediatric deaths nationwide this season.

Since October 1st, 52 facilities including 41 nursing homes have reported influenza outbreaks.    MORE

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