• Flu kills 9 more people in North Carolina, officials say

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says that the flu has killed nine more people in the state, bringing this season's total death count to 135.

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    The agency says this number doesn't reflect all flu-associated deaths in the state as many go unreported or undiagnosed. News outlets report there were nearly 400 flu-related deaths in North Carolina during the 2017-18 flu season; WTVD-TV says that was the most reported in the state since the deaths became reportable in 2009.

    WITN-TV says this is the third straight week that the number of flu-related deaths has fallen.

    The agency says practicing good hygiene and getting vaccinated to help prevent the flu. Symptoms of the flu include but aren't limited to a high fever, body aches, chills and fatigue.

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