Weekly Flu Update


Twenty more flu-related deaths were reported in Arkansas last week, bringing the death toll from the current flu season to 179.

Arkansas Department of Health officials say the flu is likely to continue spreading for six to eight more weeks.

Earlier this month, the death toll surpassed the 110 people who died in the state during the 2014-15 season, which had been the state’s deadliest since the Health Department began tracking flu deaths in 2000.

According to the latest weekly influenza report, since October 1st, over 49,600 positive influenza tests have been reported by health care providers. Last week, 71 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 7.4 percent among public schools.

Among the influenza-related deaths reported in Arkansas this flu season, 176 are among adult persons and three are pediatric deaths. The Center for Disease Control has reported a total of 97 pediatric deaths nationwide this season.

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

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