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Nine new flu deaths reported in NC last week

Posted January 29, 2015

— Nine people died of flu-related illness last week in North Carolina, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Since the flu season began in October, 137 people have died from flu-related illness in North Carolina, 30 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. Experts say that indicates the season likely has peaked, although they caution residents to remain vigilant against the spread of the illness.

Specific information on gender and location for the nine deaths reported in the week ending Jan. 24 were not provided.

The number of deaths reported each week is updated as more positive influenza tests are returned.

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


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  • iopsyc Jan 30, 2015

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    How many were there, and can you provide a credible source?

  • Lib BuzzKill Jan 30, 2015
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    So that they don't bias the lawsuit that is coming for the CDC.

  • Brian Jenkins Jan 30, 2015

    WHy does the media leave out the people who die from getting the shot itself??

  • Steve Austin Jan 29, 2015
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    We'll never know what county/area, but when it's ebola, we'll know exactly what house they live in. Anyways, Flu deaths happen every year, so better get multiple shots like I did.

  • jwbmom1965 Jan 29, 2015

    This is so sad. Remember people, wash your hands, drink plenty of fluids, and rest.

  • luvstoQ Jan 29, 2015

    So sorry for the families of these victims of flu. What really gets me though, is what these articles will not tell you - how many of these victims really died from flu, without having other serious medical conditions??

    Was this death from flu in otherwise healthy individuals? I think that most, if not all of them had serious health issues before contacting the flu.

    These 'scare' tactics are very upsetting to me! Why would there be an issue on the part of the media to providing this information??

  • Fanny Chmelar Jan 29, 2015
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    Gosh, this stuff is worse than that US Ebola outbreak that ended immediately after the elections.