RALEIGH — The number of flu-related deaths in North Carolina fell to zero last week, according to a report released Thursday by the state Department of Health and Human Service.
It was the first week without a flu death since mid-November.
Also, the percentage of patients in two state surveillance networks of health care providers who had what appeared to be flu continued to fall. The numbers now have almost reached the levels that existed before flu season began last fall.
All told, the flu season claimed 92 lives in the state, according to state figures. Sixty-five of them were between the ages of 25 and 64; young and middle-age adults are more vulnerable to the H1N1 strain that was the dominant form this season.