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NC health officials report 15 more flu deaths

NC health officials report 15 more flu deaths

A state survey of clinics, hospitals and health departments found that about 4 percent of visits were for flu-like illnesses last week, down from a peak of almost 8 percent of visits in late February.

This makes this season the second deadliest in DE since 2009, surpassed only by the 2014-15 season, which had 28 flu-related deaths.

The OSDH said that none of the newly reported deaths had a positive flu test during the current week.

In the last week of March, a 53-year-old woman and an 88-year-old woman, both from New Castle County, died at local hospitals while dealing with "multiple underlying medical conditions".

"We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with the family and friends of this child", said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director.

However, they say the total number of deaths from the virus this season stands at 90, which is still higher than last week's numbers.

Nearly half of this year's 3,715 laboratory-confirmed flu cases come from New Castle County. Many more cases go unrecorded. "The flu vaccine is still the best method of protection and recommended for everyone six months of age and older".

For more information on influenza prevention, diagnosis and treatment, visit flu.delaware.gov or call DPH at 800-282-8672.