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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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