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2 new flu deaths reported in North Carolina

Posted December 20, 2018 1:05 p.m. EST
Updated December 20, 2018 1:08 p.m. EST

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— Two new deaths linked to the flu have been reported by state health officials, bringing the total so far this season to eight, according to state health officials.

According to the state's Department of Health and Human Services, the two newest deaths occurred between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15.

Authorities did not elaborate on the circumstances behind the deaths but they add to the state's flu death toll.

During the 2017-18 flu season, nearly 400 deaths in North Carolina were attributed to the flu, the highest death toll in a single flu season since state officials began publicly reporting flu deaths in 2009.

Of those, 290 were people who were 65 years and older, while seven of them were under the age of 18, state officials said.

In North Carolina, flu infections are most common from late fall to early spring, with activity usually peaking in January or February, according to state health officials.