LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - With the flu season just starting, state health officials said Tuesday that nearly half of the state has recently reported influenza cases.
According to a report from the Arkansas Department of Health, over 570 positive flu tests have been reported in the state since Sept. 30 by health care providers.
For the week that ended Nov. 3, there were cases reported in 33 counties. Officials say the majority of the cases happened in Benton, Pulaski, Independence, Craighead, Saline, Sebastian, Faulkner, Ashley, Drew, Franklin, Scott and White counties.
At least a dozen other test results were reported by private labs, officials said.
Also, state health officials noted that the state reported “sporadic” flu activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report also mentioned the absentee rates for schools as well as people visiting emergency rooms this past week due to the flu.
Nearly two percent of the patients going to emergency rooms visited hospitals due to the flu, while nearly 2.6 percent of the visits to doctors were due to the sickness.
According to ADH, there have been two deaths reported this year due to the flu
The school absentee rate was nearly six percent, while no flu outbreaks were reported at nursing homes in the state, officials say.