Mississippi county closing schools because of flu outbreak

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DeKALB, Miss. (AP) – A school district in eastern Mississippi is calling off classes because of the flu.

The Meridian Star reports that Kemper County is closing its schools on Monday and Tuesday because of the illness. The county is located on the Mississippi-Alabama line.

Superintendent Jackie Pollock says 100 students with flu symptoms have been absent from the elementary and high school over the last week. Pollock says the closings will allow time for students to rest and see doctors.

Other districts in the state have also closed or taken measures to prevent the spread of the flu.

In north Mississippi, the North Tippah School District and the South Tippah School District canceled classes Friday because of the illness.

Health officials are advising schools to taking precautions by disinfecting contaminated areas.

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