Growing Concerns Over Flu-Related Child Deaths in North Carolina: Health Authorities Alarmed as Pediatric Increases

Growing Concerns Over Flu-Related Child Deaths in North Carolina
Growing Concerns Over Flu-Related Child Deaths in North Carolina

United States: The concerns regarding flu activity across the United States have not reduced as the cases associated to the infection are still up. Infact, the worries around the infection have just increased because the number of deaths among children have been growing.

Recently, the health authorities of North Carolina have sounded alarm as the region continues to report deaths linked to flu; however, overall, deaths associated with respiratory illness are dropping.

According to the recent data by the Department of Health and Human Services of North Carolina, two more children have lost their lives to the disease. Reportedly, both the children are between 5 and 17 years old.

These two recent deaths have increased the death toll to 14 pediatric deaths. The total number of deaths linked to flu has reached 281 across the state; an increase of 15 deaths was reported by the authorities. According to the officially shared data, most of the victims of the flu were aged 65 and above – which was followed by people aged between 50 and 64.

Why are there concerns among the health authorities?

The health authorities have sounded alarm because, during this season, the number of deaths reported has surpassed the deaths reported during the last flu season, i.e., 196 deaths.

Generally, North Carolina witnesses the flu season until mid of May.

Ohio reports the highest flu activity!

On Friday, last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared the list of states which are experiencing highest flu activities. Accordingly, Ohio was among five states which reported “very high” level of activity in the US.

Along with Ohio, the remaining four states were Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska, and New Mexico. The data was based on influenza-linked activity reported in the US during the week ending on February 24. According to official stats, Ohio scored 12, whereas the remaining four states scored 11.

 In Ohio, the highest number of cases were reported in counties situated in northwest and southwest regions, where the rate of hospitalizations was also high over the past week. It is to be noted that the state has also reported high levels of hospitalizations and visits to emergency departments.

According to the reports by the Ohio Department of Health, all the indicators have surpassed the five-year levels. 

Following the upsurge, the health authorities have appealed the general public to get latest shots of vaccine to offer protection against the infection.

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