Scott County Schools Deal with High Rate of Absenteeism from Flu

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The Arkansas Department of Health released their weekly influenza report, and it reveals that schools within Scott County are still seeing a high rate of absenteeism from the virus.

Arkansas reported “widespread” activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for geographic spread of influenza, and “high” for ILI (influenza like illness). There are 419 positive flu tests this week from private labs: 409 tested positive for influenza A, 9 tested positive for influenza B, and 1 positive for influenza A subtype H3N2. At the ADH lab, 10 tested positive for influenza A subtype H1N1, 8 positive for influenza A subtype H3N2, and 2 tested negative for influenza this week. About 5.5 percent of patients visiting emergency rooms this week were there for ILI. About 7.5 percent of outpatient visits were for ILI.

The average school absenteeism rate last week was 6.9 percent among public schools. As of March 2, ADH is aware that 17 schools closed briefly due to the flu. Schools within Scott County saw a rate greater than 10-15 percent of absenteeism because of the flu.

To date, 57 influenza-related deaths have been reported in Arkansas this flu season, including one pediatric death; 70% were unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccine history. CDC has reported a total of 56 pediatric deaths nationwide this season.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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