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Record flu-related death toll now at 176 in North Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The record death toll in the state’s flu epidemic has increased by six to 176, state health officials said Friday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

About 83 percent of the victims, or 145, are age 65 and older, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said. That includes three of the six new confirmed deaths. Two victims were in the 50-to-64 age group, while one was in the 25-to-49 age group.

The record for flu-related deaths is relatively short, 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.

Twenty-nine flu-related deaths have been confirmed in the 14 Triad and Northwest N.C. counties — nine in Forsyth County, 19 in Guilford County and one in Randolph County.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal

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