Officials report 4 more flu deaths in NC

(WTVD/AP) — Health officials in North Carolina report four new flu deaths, while a school canceled classes for the rest of the week and hospitals placed restrictions on visitors because of the outbreak.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services said the report issued listed four deaths, bringing the total to 26 for this flu season.

In December, the state announced its first child death from flu for the 2017-18 flu season.

Up to half of the children who die from flu have no known medical condition that would have put them at higher risk.

In the previous season, 219 people died in North Carolina from the flu.

Local media outlets report Carmel Christian School in Matthews canceled classes Thursday and Friday after reports of a flu-like outbreak which has affected more than 160 students. The cancellation affects all regularly scheduled events, but activities associated with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be held as scheduled.

Hospitals in the Carolinas HealthCare System and in the Triad area have announced safeguards designed to prevent the spread of the flu, including are telling children 12 years old and younger not to visit patients.

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