Two more deaths blamed on flu in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC (WITN) - Two more people have died from the flu in the state last week.

The state Department of Health & Human Services says so far this flu season there have been 179 deaths.

That compares to nearly 400 deaths during the last flu season.

So far, four children under 18 have died from the flu, while a young adult, between 18 and 24, also passed away. Most of the deaths have been people 65 years of age or older.

The number of statewide flu cases last week is less than those at the same time two years ago, while it equals the number of cases just a year ago.

Flu season runs through the middle of May.