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7OYS: Doctors issue warnings after several reported flu-related deaths

FILE - Doctors issue warnings after several reported flu-related deaths (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Doctors are issuing warnings to people after several reports of flu-related deaths.

In North Carolina, two flu-related deaths were reported. A 29-year-old lawyer died from a heart attack after complications from the flu, and an older person also died.

Flu season typically starts in October and ends in May. During the last week of September, the state of Virginia reported less than two percent of emergency room and Urgent Care visits were for flu-like symptoms.

In D.C., four cases of the flu were reported by hospitals, and Maryland has not started monitoring flu cases.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates in 2017 that the flu killed 80,000 people including 180 children in the United States. It's considered the highest death toll in nearly 40 years.

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