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Flu fatalities in Arkansas up by 15 last week

Dominant strain shifts to another

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Photographs by David Goldman / AP Photo

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. The U.S. government's Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 flu report showed the flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as intense as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.

Fifteen more flu deaths were reported to the state in the past week, raising the death toll to 140 in what had already become the state's deadliest flu season in at least 17 years.

State epidemiologist Dirk Haselow is shown in this photo.

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