Six deaths from flu reported in North Carolina last week

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Six people died from complications of the flu in North Carolina last week, helping to raise the death toll for the 2019-20 season to 41, health officials said.

In addition to the six deaths reported for the week ending Jan. 18, there were two other deaths from previous weeks, the Winston-Salem Journal reported on Thursday. Of those deaths, four were between the ages of 25 to 49; three were those age 65 and older; and one was 50 to 64.

Of the 41 deaths in North Carolina, 24 were 65 or older; eight were age 50 to 64; eight were 25 to 49 and one was 5 to 17.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services warns that the weekly report count does not represent all flu-associated deaths in the state because many go undiagnosed or unreported.

At this point in the previous flu season, there were 26 deaths in North Carolina.

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