Weekly Flu Update


Since the start of flu season, over 1,200 Arkansans have tested positive for the influenza virus.

According to the latest weekly flu update from the Arkansas Department of Health, 31 counties reported influenza cases last week. The majority of reports in the listening area came from Independence, Izard, Perry, Pulaski and White counties.

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

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 total of five pediatric deaths nationwide this season.

There have been no reports of influenza outbreaks from nursing homes or other facilities this season.   MORE

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