Arkansas flu deaths increase to 97

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The total number of flu deaths in Arkansas this season has climbed to 97, according to the latest report for the week ending March 30 (Week 13).

That’s an increase of nine over last week’s count.

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) says 71% of the victims were unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccine history. The majority of the deaths have been in the 65 and over age group.

Since September 30, 2018, over 31,500 positive influenza tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers. In Week 13, 61 counties reported influenza cases. The majority of reports came from Pulaski, Craighead, Poinsett, Sebastian, Crittenden, Faulkner, White, Lonoke, Garland, Independence, and Arkansas.

There are 91 positive PCR flu tests this week from private labs: 83 tested positive for influenza A, 3 tested positive for influenza B, 4 positive for influenza A subtype H1N1, and 1 positive for influenza A subtype H3N2. At the ADH lab, 2 tested positive for influenza A subtype H3N2, and no samples tested negative for influenza this week.

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