RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State health officials say a third person has died from the flu in North Carolina.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that like the two victims reported last week, the latest flu death involved a person 65 years of age or older.

As in other instances, health officials didn't say where the victim lived.

North Carolina's flu season officially begins Oct. 1 and lasts through March 31.

In the previous season, 219 people died as a result of the flu, the most deaths since DHHS began recording it in 2008.