Friday 23 Mar 2018


Flu Deaths Starting To Slow In N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State health officials said Thursday that 12 people died from the flu in North Carolina last week, pushing the record death toll in 2017-18 to 276.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports there was one pediatric death among those reported in the week ending March 3. The total includes another 11 people whose deaths in previous weeks were flu-related. Last season, 218 people died from the flu in North Carolina, matching the total in 2014-15.

The department said 199 of the deaths reported in the state during this flu season have involved people age 65 and older. That includes 14 in the latest report.

The latest report marks the fewest flu deaths in the state since the first week in January, when DHHS reported 11 deaths.

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