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 is experiencing sporadic but increased numbers of positive influenza antigen tests for Week 42. Benton, Conway, Craighead, Faulkner, Garland, Jefferson, Little River, Pulaski, Searcy, Sebastian, St. Francis, Washington and White, but the highest numbers were reported from Garland and Washington Counties. PCR confirmed influenza this Flu Season in Arkansas has been Type A H3N2 and Type B Victoria from Bradley, Colombia, Conway, Drew and Lee Counties.