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Flu Deaths in Arkansas Rise to 140

Total is for season that began Oct. 1, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Another 15 people have died from the flu in Arkansas in the last week.

The Arkansas Department of Health's weekly flu report issued on Tuesday is for the week ending Feb. 10.

The report shows that to date, 140 influenza-related deaths have been reported in Arkansas this flu season, 137 among adult persons and 3 pediatric deaths. The total last week was at 125. 

Report Key Points:

  • For Week 6, 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 October 1, 2017, over 43,000 positive influenza tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers. Thus far in Week 6, 72 counties reported influenza cases. The majority of reports came from Benton, Pulaski, Faulkner, White, Lonoke, Jefferson, Washington, Independence, Craighead, Sebastian, Saline, Randolph, Franklin, and Garland.
  • Among total flu antigen tests that can distinguish between influenza A and B virus types, 66 percent were influenza A, and 34 percent were influenza B. Reported influenza B exceeded A in this week.
  • There are 330 positive PCR flu tests this week from private labs: 116 influenza A, and 211 influenza B; 2 positive influenza A subtype H3N2, and 1 undetermined. At the ADH lab, there were 3 positive influenza A subtype H3N2, and 6 influenza B subtype Yamagata; 4 samples tested negative this week.

Click here to read the full report.

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