AR flu deaths now total 31, widespread flu activity reported across state

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Six more flu deaths have reported in Arkansas this week, raising the total for the season to 31. 

The latest Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) report states that two victims were in the 45-64 age range and four victims were in the 65+ age range.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a total of 34 pediatric deaths nationwide this season, including one in Arkansas. 

For Week 7, Arkansas reported “Widespread” activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for geographic spread of influenza, and “High” or 10/10 for ILI intensity.

Since September 30, 2018, over 15,200 positive influenza tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers. 

The majority of reports came from Benton, Pulaski, Sebastian, Craighead, Faulkner, Washington, Lonoke, Saline, Scott, White, Yell, Crawford, Johnson, Logan, and Garland.

The average school absenteeism rate last week was 7.0 percent among public schools. As of Feb 16, ADH is aware that 11 schools closed briefly due to the flu. 

Among flu antigen tests that can distinguish between influenza A and B virus types, 92 percent were influenza A, and 8 percent were influenza B.

Read more details from this week’s flu report

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