Flu kills 8 more in Arkansas; toll up to 36

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says eight people have died from the flu in the state in the past week.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1btUzNb) that as of Wednesday, 36 people have died from influenza in Arkansas this flu season. In the past week, there have been 90 flu-case hospital admissions.

State epidemiologist Dirk Haselow says the strain of virus continues to hit people ages 25-64 harder than past flu viruses. He says 27 of the state's 36 deaths have been in that age group.

Haselow says each flu season is a bit unpredictable, but on average they last about 12 weeks. He says there has been a slight decrease in cases recently but not enough to confirm that the season is winding down.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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