LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State officials say a cluster of 31 cases of influenza have been identified at the hospital that’s part of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
The Arkansas Health Department said Tuesday that the flu cases were detected during routine testing.
Health officials are still working to determine the origin of the infections but said the affected patients had all been in the same area of the hospital.
Little Rock television station KATV reports (http://is.gd/YjGHd4 ) that the infections were caused by the H3N2 strain. That variety of the influenza virus that is well matched to this season’s vaccine and responds well to anti-viral drugs.
The Health Department has sent a precautionary statewide alert to physicians to be watchful for other early flu cases.
Information from: KATV-TV, http://www.katv.com/