North Carolina health officials report 12 more flu deaths

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The death toll from flu-related symptoms in North Carolina during the current season has risen to 127, state health officials said Thursday.

Eleven people died from the flu for the week ending Feb. 29, and another person died in a previous week, the N.C. Division of Public Health said in its weekly report.

Of the latest deaths, 10 were people 65 or older, one victim was between 25 and 49, and another was between 5 and 17 years old, the agency said.

Health officials also reported that the number of reported flu cases in North Carolina fell for the third consecutive week. The drop of 12.3% to 4,338 cases compares with the seasonal peak of 7,162 cases during the week ending Feb. 8.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources has extended the 2019-2020 flu season to the week ending May 16. A typical flu season runs from Oct. 1 through March 31.

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