Weekly Flu Update


Five more flu-related deaths were reported in Arkansas last week, bringing the death toll from the current flu season to 184.

According to the latest weekly influenza report, since October 1st, over 50,900 positive influenza tests have been reported by health care providers. Last week, 63 counties reported influenza cases. The majority of reports in our listening area came from Faulkner, Independence, Lonoke, Pulaski, Stone and White Counties.

The average school absenteeism rate last week was 6.0 percent among public schools.

Among the influenza-related deaths reported in Arkansas this flu season, 179 are among adult persons and five are pediatric deaths. The Center for Disease Control has reported a total of 114 pediatric deaths nationwide this season.

Since October 1st, 59 facilities including 47 nursing homes have reported influenza outbreaks.

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