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Arkansas schools close due to spread of flu-like symptoms

On Tuesday, the Arkansas Department of Health said health care providers have reported more than 5,100 positive influenza tests to its online database since the flu season began in September. (MGN Photo)

At least two Arkansas school districts are closing for the rest of the week due to the spread of flu-like symptoms.

Horatio Public Schools, which has approximately 850 students, posted on its Facebook page that over 300 of its students are sick from the flu or are being kept home to avoid catching the illness. The district decided to let students out early Tuesday and close its campuses the rest of the week. The days missed will be AMI or Digital Days.

Classes are expected to resume Monday, Feb. 4. If that changes, the district said it will notify parents by phone and on Facebook.

Mountain Home Public Schools are also closing for the week due to many students reporting flu-like symptoms. Superintendent Dr. Jake Long said out of its 3,851 students, 77 percent of them reported to school on Wednesday. The missed days are AMI days and classes should also resume Monday.

On Tuesday, the Arkansas Department of Health said health care providers have reported more than 5,100 positive influenza tests to its online database since the flu season began in September. The number of flu-related deaths in Arkansas this season has increased to 17.

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