North Carolina health officials report 8 more flu deaths

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Health officials in North Carolina say eight people died from the flu last week, helping to push the record-setting death toll for 2017-18 to 328.

In addition to the eight deaths reported for the week ending March 17, officials say 15 people who died in previous weeks were determined to have had the flu. Of the total, 16 victims were aged 65 and older.

The death toll for last week marked the first time since the week ending Dec. 23 that there had been fewer than 10 deaths. By comparison, the most deaths for any week during the flu season have been 50 for the week ending Feb. 17.

The flu season usually runs from October until March 31, but has been known to run into April.