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.
There are very few counties in Arkansas still reporting influenza cases. No deaths were reported this week. The total number of deaths this flu season is 56. Visits to emergency departments last week for influenza-like illness (ILI) were about 4% of all visits. Outpatient visits for ILI were less than 1%. The highest rates of illness continue to be among young and middle-aged adults. The flu season of 2013-14 is nearing an end. This will be the last influenza report of the season. Weekly reporting of influenza activity in AR will resume in October for the 2014-15 season.