Number of deaths related to flu rises to 34 in NC

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NORTH CAROLINA - The number of deaths in North Carolina related to the flu has risen to 34, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The number has risen by five from when the last update on Jan. 16.

The virus is widespread in 40 states and in North Carolina. Health officials said it was an epidemic last week.

Doctors said they can't stress enough to people to take precautions. Wash hands often with soap and water and get the flu shot, which they said has a 60 percent to 70 percent success rate of preventing the virus.

Alamance County health officials say a child has died from the flu there.

Information about the child has not been released, but this is the second child to die from the flu in North Carolina.

For more information from the NC site on the flu, click here.

For more information from the Centers on Disease Control, click here.