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ADH releases first flu report for 2020-2021 season

Since Sept. 27, 2020, 31 positive flu tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark — The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has released its first flu report for the 2020-2021 season. 

For Week 41, Arkansas reported “Minimal” or 1 out of 13 for Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI) activity level indicator determined by data reported to ILINet.

Since Sept. 27, 2020, 31 positive flu tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers.

Reported cases reflect only a portion of the actual number of flu cases in the state. 

Among flu antigen tests this season that can distinguish between influenza A and B virus types, 61% were influenza A, and 39% were influenza B.

To date, no flu-related deaths have been reported in Arkansas this flu season.

No nursing homes have reported flu outbreaks this season

The ADH and CDC encourage everyone to continue to practice safe hygiene skills, such as properly washing your hands, and to stay home if you are sick.

Click here to view the full flu report from the ADH. 

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