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.
All counties in Arkansas are still reporting influenza cases. No flu deaths were reported this week. The total number of deaths this flu season is 52. Visits to emergency departments last week for influenza-like illness (ILI) remained elevated at 7% of all visits. Outpatient visits for ILI accounted for 4% of visits which is approaching inter-seasonal norms. The highest rates of illness continue to be among young and middle-aged adults. The flu season of 2013-14 appears to be nearing its end