Five more people died of complications of the flu in North Carolina last week, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services, while the prevalence of flu-like illness in the state ticked up slightly.
Flu season arrived later than it has in recent years, and is not showing signs of slowing down yet. The percentage of patients with flu-like illnesses has leveled off just below its seasonal peak in late February, according to a survey of clinics in the state.
A total of 17 people have now died of the flu in North Carolina this season, all of them adults, according to the state health department. Last year, when the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared a flu epidemic nationwide, influenza killed 218 people in the state.