Flu outbreak leads to more than 300 absences at Shakopee school

More than a quarter of the student body is sick.
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More than 300 students at a Shakopee school were off sick Monday after a flu outbreak.

Shakopee Public Schools said the absences were reported at West Middle School after the students exhibited flu-related illnesses or symptoms.

That represents more than a quarter of the school's 1,165 students.

It comes after another local school, Sun Path Elementary, reported more than 100 absences for flu-related illnesses last week, out of a total number of 593 students.

"As always, we encourage parents and guardians to keep their students home if they are exhibiting flu-related symptoms,” said Superintendent Mike Redmond.

"We are taking the necessary precautions, and will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action, as needed."

The Minnesota Department of Health announced last week that flu season has started in Minnesota with the B strain being the predominant form, which is unusual as it's typically the A strain that appears first.

B strains historically spread faster among children, the Associated Press reports.

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