North Carolina health officials report 5 flu-related deaths last week

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RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina health officials say five more people have died from the flu in the state, including one pediatric death.

The latest figures reported on Thursday by the state Department of Health and Human Services says the deaths during the week ending April 15 raise the death toll for the 2016-2017 season to 179. It's the fewest deaths in a week since eight deaths were reported during the week ending March 25.

In addition, DHHS also revised its death toll from the previous week, raising the number of flu related deaths for the week ending April 8 from 13 to 16.

South Carolina teen confirmed among those who die from flu

Officials say a South Carolina teen is among those who has died from complications of influenza.

Local media outlets reported that the Charleston County coroner's office said 18-year-old Emily Getman of Hanahan died last week at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control reports a child under the age of 4 also died from the flue between April 9 and April 15. DHEC did not release details on the deaths.

DHEC says 62 people have died from the flu this season. Most of those are age 65 or older.

A teen from Lexington County died from the flu in January.

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