Flu deaths hit new record, topping 300 in state this season

Ebony Scott
March 16, 2018

That's higher than the 64.2 per 100,000 in the 2014-15 flu season. Charlotte-area hospitals announced Thursday that effective Friday they will resume allowing children aged 12 and under to visit patients.

Cone Health, High Point Regional Health, Novant Health and Randolph Health all worked together to determine the restrictions should be lifted.

The overall victim total includes seven from the week that ended March 10.

Data shows that 23 of those who died from the flu were between the ages of 18-years-old and 49-years-old.

Influenza is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by a virus that is spread through the air.

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"We feel it's appropriate to lift these temporary visitor restrictions now, since spending time with healthy loved ones, including children, is important for many of our patients", Larry Givner, professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist, told the Winston-Salem Journal. The flu season starts in October and runs through May.

Carteret Health Care restricted vistors under age 18 and limited the number of visitors per patient to two people.

The Pitt County Health Department says six people have died in the county from the flu so far this season.

Lab-confirmed flu cases have reached 1,309 in Central Alberta and 8,354 in the province.

There were more than 22,600 flu cases total this season, many medical professionals in New Jersey have been left tired from this year's outbreak, which could end up rivaling the 2009 swine flu pandemic, according to some experts. A month before, February 4-10, the number of confirmed cases was 65.

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