Flu death rate falls in NC, but virus still claims new lives

From staff reportsFebruary 27, 2014 

— North Carolina's weekly death toll from flu has dropped to its lowest level in two months, according to figures compiled by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Four people across the state died last week from complications of flu, according to data released Thursday morning. That's the lowest weekly toll since mid-December.

Also, the two state surveillance networks for flu suggested that the number of new cases has continued to drop from the apparent peak near the beginning of the year.

In all, 81 people in North Carolina have succumbed to complications of the flu this year.

Fifty-eight of those who have died so far were between the ages of 24 and 65. That age range is generally more vulnerable to the H1N1 strain of the virus that has dominated this flu season.

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