Poplarville schools dealing with a flu outbreak

By WLOX Staff

POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Poplarville schools are dealing with an outbreak of the flu. School Superintendent Carl Merritt told WLOX News this outbreak is Type-A flu.

Merritt said the flu has affected seven to eight percent of the students at Poplarville Lower and Upper Elementary schools. All schools in the district are taking pro-active steps to fight the flu, such as cleaning schools, and having hand sanitizer in every classroom. Teachers and school nurses are monitoring students for flu symptons and sending students home if they are ill.

Merritt said despite the illnesses, all schools remain open in Poplarville. He said current health guidelines do not recommend closing schools for Type A influenza.

The superintendent said parents can help most by keeping their sick children at home.

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