Weekly Flu Update


Since the start of flu season, over 1,100 Arkansans have tested positive for the influenza virus.

According to the latest weekly flu update from the Arkansas Department of Health, 28 counties reported influenza cases last week. The majority of reports in the listening area came from Faulkner, Independence and White counties.

The average school absenteeism rate last week was 11.4 percent among public schools with most major public schools out last week for the holidays.

To date, 3 influenza-related deaths have been reported in Arkansas this flu season. Two adults between 45-64 and one 65 or older.

CDC has reported a third pediatric death nationwide this season.

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

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