13 people dead from flu in NC this season

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State officials say 13 people in North Carolina have died from the flu, with five deaths occurring last week.

Figures from the state Department of Health and Human Services show five people died in the week from Dec. 22, 2013, to Dec. 28, 2013.

Of the 13 flu deaths in the state, all but one person was younger than age 65. Seven were between 25 and 49; five were between 50 and 64. Typically, children under 2, pregnant women, and people with asthma, diabetes and heart disease are the most at risk of complications.

Meanwhile, at least three hospitals have joined Duke University Health Systems in limiting visitors until the flu abates. Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill and Mission Health in Asheville announced restrictions Thursday.

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