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5 new flu deaths reported in NC; total climbs to 179

Posted April 20

Five new flu deaths were reported in North Carolina last week, bringing the total number of deaths for the season so far to 179, according to numbers released Thursday by the North Carolina Department of Health.

The deaths were reported between April 9 and April 15.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people — such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions — are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

Flu symptoms include:

A 100 degree or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
A cough and/or sore throat
A runny or stuffy nose
Headaches and/or body aches
Chills
Fatigue
Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

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