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Concern grows over North Carolina children and H1N1 virus

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Seven more people have died from the swine flu virus in the last week in North Carolina. A Topsail High School student died from complications of the disease earlier this month. The total number of H1N1 related deaths in the state since late September is now 45. The biggest concern is that more children have now died from H1N1 in North Carolina than normally die in an entire typical flu season. State epidemiologist Zack Moore, MD. said, “A pretty high percentage of kids who've died from pandemic flu have had other conditions such as asthma or neurological problems but not all. There are always a minority of kids who do die with flu without having anything like that identified.” The good news is more vaccines are on the way. The CDC said by mid-December there should be enough doses in the Tar Heel State for anyone who wants one.

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