First flu-related death reported in Buncombe Co., BCHHS says

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BUNCOMBE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Buncombe County Health and Human Services released information Tuesday about the first reported flu-related death within the county.

BCHHS officials said this was the first flu-related death of a Buncombe County resident during the 2019-2020 flu season.

Details are limited about the person who died, but officials said the person was an adult under the age of 65.

The release stated there have been 10 flu-related deaths in North Carolina this flu season.

Health officials said it is important to know the signs and symptoms of sever flu-related illness.

In infants and children:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal
  • Has no tears when crying

In adults:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

Health officials said these are some of the important and simple steps help to protect against the flu:

  • Get immunized
  • Practice good health habits
  • Stay home from school or work when sick
  • Seek appropriate medical care

Click here for more information about the flu.

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