Ten Additional Flu Deaths In State Reported

State health officials say another ten people have died in North Carolina because of the flu.

It's the second week in a row that flu fatalities hit double digits. The previous week, 11 deaths were reported.

So far, 56 people across the state have died during this flu season. Most of those, 22, were between the ages of 25 and 49, while 19 were between 50 and 64 years old. Twelve deaths were from people 65 years and older.

The state says two children, between 5 and 17 years old have died, while a baby also succumbed because of the flu.

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North Carolina health officials say 11 people, including one child, died last week of illness related to the flu, more than double the number from the previous week.

Figures from the state Department of Health and Human Services reports the death toll from the flu now stands at 44. All but two of the victims are adults.

DHHS medical epidemiologist Zack Moore said that despite the spike in deaths, the two main public health surveillance systems in the state show dips in the number of new cases of flu-like illnesses.

Moore told The News & Observer of Raleigh that the decline in new cases could mean that the flu season isn't getting any worse.

Public health officials continue to urge those who haven't been vaccinated yet to do so.

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