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Total number of flu-related deaths in NC climbs to 81

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State health officials say a total of 81 people have died from the flu in North Carolina.

Four new deaths were reported in the week beginning Feb. 16 and ending Feb. 22.The State Department of Health and Human Services says adults ages 25 to 49 account for 30 of the deaths, followed by 28 deaths among people ages 50 to 64.

Eighteen people 65 or older have died of the flu. The flu also has killed three children under the age of 4, including one infant, and two children between ages 5 and 17.

A year ago, 59 people died from flu-related symptoms during the six-month flu season that runs from early October to mid-May. Adults ages 65 or older accounted for 36 of the 59 deaths in 2012-13.

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