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.
Arkansas experienced sporadic positive influenza antigen tests from around the state for Week 45. Positive reports for week 45 were received from the following counties: Benton, Bradley, Craighead, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Garland, Jefferson, Lonoke, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Washington. Among flu antigen tests that can distinguish between A and B strains, 68% were A, and 32% were B. There were four positive PCR samples last week - three were A H3N2 and one was B.