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North Carolina health officials report pediatric flu death

January 10, 2020 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has its first pediatric flu death for the 2019-2020 flu season, health officials said.

A child in the western part of the state died in December from complications from the flu, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release on Thursday.

The department said it won’t release any additional information on the child. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 27 pediatric flu deaths across the country as of Jan. 4.

According to the department, there have been 22 deaths in North Carolina from the flu this season. Of those deaths, 14 involve people aged 65 and older.