Flu cases, deaths taper in North Carolina

From staff reportsFebruary 17, 2014 

— Seven more North Carolinians have died from complications of flu, but the impact of the virus appears to be waning statewide, according to state public health data.

The toll in the week that ended Feb. 8 was down from 11 dead in each of the two previous weeks, according to statistics released by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Also, both state surveillance networks of health care providers showed that the percentage of patients showing flu symptoms had fallen sharply.

So far, the virus has killed 64 people in the state since the flu season began in November. Of those, 46 were between the ages 24 and 65. Young and middle-aged adults are most vulnerable to the dominant strain of the virus this year, H1N1.

The season is expected to continue for at least several weeks.

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