Widespread flu reported in Arkansas, 7 deaths

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says the flu is widespread across Arkansas and that seven people have died since September as a result of the virus.

Gary Wheeler — the chief of infectious disease at the department — tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1g2RiI1 ) that the deaths have ranged from infants to the elderly and that the illnesses are more severe than in recent years.

Health Department spokeswoman Kerry Krell says the flu season begins when the first cases of flu is detected and generally runs from fall until early spring.

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

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