Flu Hitting Eastern Carolina Hard

Four North Carolinians died last week from the flu, and there's word that one of those deaths happened in Eastern Carolina.

A 50 year-old man died from complications of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, at Lenoir Memorial Hospital Friday. The Lenoir County Health Department says the man had other underlying health problems, that his death was flu-related, but not the actual cause of his death.

Meanwhile the flu is also starting to affect school systems.

Edenton-Chowan schools reported that more than 300 students were out sick Tuesday, which is about 13 percent of their total student population, according to the Daily Advance. The paper says the students were reported sick with flu-like symptoms and elementary schools are the hardest hit. The Edenton-Chowan County Superintendent has sent a letter home to parents.

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  • by mira Location: newport on Oct 15, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    The unfortunate problem here is.....we will never know how many people really have it anymore, the WHO has made it that countries no longer have to report flu cases or deaths from the flu....so it makes it very easy for governments to cover it all up and make it not seem as bad.....they want people to die....it is population thinning that way it wont cost as much to pay for americans and social security and social services dont have to pay out as much....in case you havent noticed its only young and old people dying.
  • by Rbh Location: Greenville on Oct 14, 2009 at 11:35 PM
    I was at the Dr last Monday and I saw a sign hanging on the wall that said "If you have a fever...headache..sore throat then you have H1N1." I believe that they have decided there will be an epedimic because a large amount of medicine (flu shots) have been manufactured and thereby somebody has to pay for it. I am the government and I am here to help.
  • by SSG Location: Stokes on Oct 14, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    Go Trident!
  • by momof3 Location: pitt co on Oct 14, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    h1n1 has been going around pitt co schools for about 3 to 4 weeks.....My 13yr old daughter got sick last friday it has taken her about 4 days to feel better... To flumama....its not over reacting when it comes to your children my 13yr old did fine doesnt mean my 4yrold will...h1n1 is the "flu" but its the secondary infections that occur with h1n1 that has killed young kids..
  • by anita Location: ayden on Oct 14, 2009 at 04:12 PM
    hello, this is in reguard to the last news cast that i had the pleasure to catch. the report said if you feel sick do not go to the doctor just go home and it like a cold unless its serious. please understand my delima. most work places require if your out for more than two days that you will need a doctors note to return to work. there seems like this is a no win situation for the sick person. is this one of the goverment tricky little brain teasers???? hope for some input thanks loyal veiwer>>>
  • by Greg Location: G-Vegas on Oct 14, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    The nasty cough concerns me. I would take her to the doctor and have them look for a secondary bacterial infection. Often after having the Flu, flu symptoms stop and what seems to be another illness starts. It is not uncommon for people to get secondary sinus infections, pneumonia, bronchitis, and several other bacteria based infections after a severe viral infection. I would not take my daughter to have any kind of vaccination until she is much better. If she has had H1N1 already, she is now immune to it. I tell you this but I am not your doctor. I am a Nurse Practitioner.
  • by Flu Mama Location: NC on Oct 14, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    Stop over reacting about H1N1, it is still just the flu.
  • by Mom Location: Pitt County on Oct 14, 2009 at 10:51 AM
    My daughter had the H1N1 last week and she still has a very nasty cough. My question is there any need now to even have the H1n1 Shot. She already had the regular flu shot two weeks before she got the flu.
  • by Greg Location: G-Vegas on Oct 14, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    You are right when you say the only way is to conduct tests to determine if it is H1N1 or seasonal flu. However, you don't have to be hospitalized. However, they would check someone who is in bad enough shape to be in the hospital. When nearly every test comes back positive, they assume that you have H1N1 because it is so rampant. You can request testing but that don't help you get better, just maybe feel a little better knowing exactly what is wrong with you.
  • by Tell me ?? Location: Choco on Oct 14, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    Since the only way to distinguish swine flu is testing done by the state, ( which is ususlly only done to hospitalized people) how do we know that these are all cases of swine flu verus influenza ?????
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