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RALEIGH, N.C. — The death toll in the state’s flu epidemic has climbed to another record, adding 12 victims for a total of 164 this season, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

About 84 percent of the victims, or 137, are age 65 and older, the agency said. That includes all 12 of the new confirmed deaths.

There have been 27 flu-related deaths confirmed in the 14 Triad and Northwest N.C. counties — nine in Forsyth County and 18 in Guilford. There have been no new confirmed deaths today.

The record for flu-related deaths is narrowly defined, since DHHS didn’t begin tracking weekly deaths until the 2008-09 flu season. By comparison, there were 107 deaths statewide during the 2013-14 season. The agency said 16 victims were in the 50-64 age group, nine in the 25-49 age group and two in the 5-17 age group.

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