RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Health officials in North Carolina recorded the most deadly week to date during the 2018-1919 influenza season, with 21 deaths including a 5-17 year old victim.
The NS Department of Health and Social Services. reported Thursday that nine flu victims from previous weeks had also been recorded, bringing the number of deaths for the season to 98.
Of the total number of deaths, 64 were aged 65 and over.
The influenza season officially began on October 1 and generally extends until March 31, although it has continued beyond this date in previous years.
In addition to deaths, state health officials announced that the number of influenza-like cases was 5,974 last week, down from a record high of 7,585 on 9 February.