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Flu outbreak closes elementary school

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The activity of flu-like illnesses was at high levels in mid-January in 24 states, including California, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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The activity of flu-like illnesses was at high levels in mid-January in 24 states, including California, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

St. Mary School in East Sacramento closed Tuesday after 40 kids came into the office with fever or other flu symptoms, according to Diocese of Sacramento officials.

Monday, 11 faculty and staff members were also absent because they weren’t feeling well, said Kevin Eckery, spokesman for the Diocese of Sacramento.

Since so many kids were absent and they couldn’t find any more substitute teachers, the principal decided to close the school, Eckery said. Parents were notified of the closure via an email alert and the school will remain closed until Thursday morning so classrooms can be disinfected.

“It will give them the chance to start with a clean slate on Thursday,” Eckery said. “We’re encouraging people if they’re sick to stay home. There’s no nobility in spreading germs.”

What actions—apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine—can you take to help slow the spread of illnesses like the flu?

Molly Sullivan: 916-321-1176, @SullivanMollyM

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