Flu claims 8 lives in one week in Arkansas

There were 120 Arkansans who died during the last flu season.

Flu claims 8 lives in one week in Arkansas

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting the 23rd Arkansan has died from the flu this season.

According to the ADH, the 23rd person has died from the flu in Arkansas, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates a total of 4,800 flu deaths have occurred nationwide including 32 pediatric deaths reported this season.

There were 120 Arkansans who died during the 2018-2019 flu season.

The flu activity in the state of Arkansas remains at a “Widespread,” and “High” level of intensity, according to the CDC. Officials also reported that the flu was widespread in 39 states and regional in 9 others.

Since September 29, 2019, 8,800 positive influenza tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers, with over 1,100 positive tests reported this week.

The ADH says to date, there have been two nursing home in Arkansas that has reported an influenza outbreak.

In 2019, of the positive flu tests, 48% were influenza A, and 52% were influenza B.

You can report flu year-round and view the weekly influenza report during the influenza season by clicking here.

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