23 people have died from flu-related illnesses in Arkansas this flu season, including one pediatric death, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.
The ADH reports “widespread” flu activity across the state with “high” intensity for week 52.
The CDC estimates a total of 4,800 flu deaths have occurred nationwide, including 32 pediatric deaths reported this season.
The average school absenteeism rate last week was 5.4percent among public schools.
There were 298 positive PCR flu tests from private labs this week: 163 tested positive for influenza A,135 tested positive for influenza B. At the ADH lab, 5 samples tested positive for influenza A Subtype H1N1, 2 samples tested positive for influenza B Subtype Victoria. A and B types are showing up in the area almost equally with B type affecting children the most.
To date, two nursing home in Arkansas has reported an influenza outbreak.
You can view a weekly flu report from this season from the ADH by following this link.