Flu claims 9 more lives in Arkansas

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

Flu claims 9 more lives in Arkansas

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Health reported Wednesday that 9 more people died in the last week of influenza.

That brings the total number of flu-related deaths to 65.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate as many as 16,000 people have died nationwide this season, including 105 pediatric deaths.

The flu is reported as being widespread in 48 states, including Arkansas, and Puerto Rico.

During the 2018-19 flu season, 120 Arkansans died from flu-related complications.

Since September 29, 2019, 27,500 positive influenza tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers, with over 2,260 positive tests reported this week.

As of Feb. 25, ADH is aware that 41 schools closed briefly due to the flu this season.

The ADH says since September 29, 9 facilities, including 7 nursing homes, have reported influenza outbreaks.

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

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