Weekly Flu Update


The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting a third flu-related death this season.

Officials say the latest fatality is a person over 65 years of age. The previous two were adults between the ages of 45 and 64. 

According to the latest weekly influenza report, Since September 30th, over 700 positive influenza tests have been reported to the department’s online database. Last week, 28 counties reported influenza cases. The majority of reports in our area came from Faulkner, Independence and White Counties.

The average school absenteeism rate last week was 5.4 percent among public schools.

No reports of influenza outbreaks were reported from nursing homes or other facilities this season.

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