FLU OUTBREAK CAUSING SCHOOL CLOSINGS
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The flu epidemic has struck north Alabama, causing at least five school systems to cancel classes, affecting 25,000 students.
The following North Alabama school systems will shut down until next week: Albertville, Boaz, Guntersville, Cullman County and Marshall County.
Earlier this month, Gov. Kay Ivey declared a flu state of emergency due to the spreading outbreak. The Centers for Diseased Control and Prevention said this flu outbreak hasn’t even reached its peak.
With 5,468 students from kindergarten through the 12th grade affected by the illness, Marshall County was hit with the largest outbreak. They plan to resume classes on Tuesday, with the other schools to return on Monday.
State Health Department officials have said they are investigating more than 50 deaths potentially linked to a flu outbreak statewide, and the agency has been special clinics to vaccinate people against the disease.