Flu outbreak closes Astoria-area elementary school

Flu outbreak closes Astoria-area elementary school

A North Riverside elementary school is closed for the week because of the flu.

The flu bug has bit again, this time shutting down Komarek School District 94 in the west suburbs Tuesday, as school officials give the building a deep cleaning to try and keep the flu from spreading even further. From Florida and Oklahoma to IL and Arkansas, officials are closing not only because of the number of the student body who are sick but also to hopefully keep it from spreading.

Clatsop County Public Health Director Michael McNickle said there were no other school districts in the county reporting abnormally high rates of flu infection.

Superintendent Paulette Johnson says some classes at the school Monday had only four healthy students. "This is coupled with the very high amount of students who were called in sick prior to the school day". "I need to ensure that our students are safe and not exposed to the virus".

Komarek Elementary School officials said after disinfecting over the weekend, it is still having issues with students and staff being sick.

Nearly 12,000 people in the United States have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza since the season started, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Ganan said. "It was non-stop traffic, it was traffic like I've never seen before". "And they're taking that back to school, it's getting transmitted there, and I think that's really what's driving a lot of the visits to the outpatient clinic right now".

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States by population. It takes only one sick kid for the flu to potentially end up closing down the entire school.

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