105.7 News learned this afternoon that four deaths have been recorded since November 2017 to present day (Thursday, February 1, 2018) from a flu outbreak. Cumberland County Coroner Ben Gibson told 105.7 News that the latest case involved a 27-year-old woman who passed away after contracting the flu. Her body has been sent for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death but the flu is believed to be the reason. Gibson added that three other elderly individuals have passed away in the county. Flu symptoms vary from person to person. In general, people who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms, according to the CDC:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with flu will have fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults
Most people who get the flu get better in several days to less than two weeks. But some people can develop serious complications caused by viral infection of the nasal passages and throat and lungs. Young children, adults ages 65 years and older, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic medical conditions are among those groups of people who are at high risk of serious flu complications, possibly requiring hospitalization and sometimes resulting in death.