Four more people died of complications from the flu in North Carolina last week, as this year’s flu season extends deep into the spring.
The portion of people with flu-like illnesses rose last week at a time when it is usually on the wane. A survey of a network of clinics found that nearly 3 percent of patients had flu-like illnesses, up from 2 percent the week before, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Fifty-six people have now died of the flu since the season began last fall. All but one of those have been adults over the age of 24.
This year’s flu season came later than last year’s, which was also more severe. Flu killed 218 people in North Carolina last year, none of them after April.