Flu cases begin to spike in the Cape Fear

CAPE FEAR REGION, NC (WWAY) — The flu is ramping up in our area.

The Pender County Health Department says this week alone, nearly 100 students and about a dozen teachers missed days because of the flu.

In Brunswick County, Health Director Cris Harrelson says flu cases have spiked over the past two weeks.

Harrelson says their two hospitals have also seen an increase in the number of flu like illnesses, but because flu cases are not reportable there are no exact numbers.

As of Thursday, 35 deaths have been reported in the state so far this season.

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is restricting visitors to avoid the spread of the flu.

The center asks visitors age 12 and under stay out of all care facilities.

Those 13 and over who are experiencing runny nose, sore throat, fever or cough are also encouraged not to visit patients.

Restriction is effective Friday at 7 a.m. until further notice.

NHRMC is restricting visitors with flu-related symptoms as well.

Categories: Brunswick, Local, New Hanover, Pender

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