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.
Influenza continued to be widespread in Arkansas for Week 2. Over 1,500 positive antigen reports were received last week from 70 counties. Seventy reported samples were confirmed Positive last week for influenza by PCR testing: Forty one A+, 1 B, 1 B Yamagata and twenty seven A H3+.