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North Carolina flu death toll reaches 54 after latest report

January 30, 2020 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Nine people died in North Carolina last week from complications of the flu, raising the death toll for the 2019-20 season to 54, state health officials announced Thursday.

In addition to last week’s deaths, four deaths occurred in previous weeks, the Winston-Salem Journal reported, citing statistics from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Of the 54 deaths during the season, 31 were 65 years old or older, 12 were ages 50 to 64, 10 were ages 25 to 49 and one was ages 5 to 17. Citing privacy reasons, the department doesn’t reveal hometowns, counties, ages or gender of flu victims.

The traditional flu season runs from Oct. 1 through March 31. For the 2019-20 flu season, DHHS extended the reporting period to the week ending May 16.