During flu season the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) produces a Weekly Influenza Report for clinicians. The report provides information on flu activity in the state. The report also compares influenza like illness (ILI) in Arkansas to activity in the US. ADH receives reports of only a fraction of flu cases. Therefore, it is important to understand that the information in the weekly update is representative of the timing and location of activity, but it does not reflect the overall burden of disease. It is presumed that there are many more people actually affected than the report shows.
More than 29,300 positive influenza antigen tests have been reported by health care providers since September 28, 2014 (Week 40). Very few positive influenza antigen tests were reported in Arkansas for Week 16 -- only 19 positive antigens from 16 counties: 22% were Type A and 78% were Type B.