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Latest numbers: 176 die of flu in NC

Posted February 27, 2015

— Almost 200 people have died of flu-related illness across North Carolina this winter, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Since the flu season began in October, 176 people have died from flu-related illness in North Carolina, 69 more than reported during the 2013-14 flu season.

While the total number of deaths is higher than last year, the number of deaths being reported each week has been on the decline.

In the most recent reporting period, Feb. 15-21, four deaths were attributed to the flu.

Experts say that indicates the season likely has peaked, although they caution residents to remain vigilant against the spread of the illness.

To protect the privacy of individual families, the state does not provide specific information about the gender, age or location of those who die of the flu.

The flu season runs from October to May and normally peaks in January and February.


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