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Infant among the new flu deaths reported in North Carolina

RALEIGH Five more people had died as a result of the flu in North Carolina as of the end of last week, including the first confirmed death of a child, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

As of Saturday, 33 people had died from the flu, the department reported Thursday. The child was an infant; all of the others were age 25 or older.

The numbers don’t include the death of a child in Alamance County that health officials there reported Wednesday.

Most victims so far are young adults who are particularly vulnerable to H1N1, the dominant strain of the virus so far this season. Fifteen of the flu deaths have occurred among adults aged 25 to 49. Nine were from 50 to 64 years old, and eight were 65 or older

The state has been tracking flu deaths since early October and recorded the first one in late November. Flu season typically peaks during January and February.

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