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Flu deaths in Arkansas up to 122 with months left in season


February 7, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Health Department recorded nearly 30 more flu-related deaths over the past week, bringing the total number this season to 122.

Department officials told state lawmakers that the total figure as of Monday is the highest in two decades and is likely to keep rising over the next several weeks. Two of those deaths were children, and most were elderly people.

"Most people who get the flu end up getting damage in their lungs that then allows them to have a bacterial infection overgrow and cause a pneumonia that kills them," said Dr. Dirk Haselow, an epidemi...

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