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Flu-related illnesses prompt cancelation of west metro basketball game

The flu and flu-related illnesses are rampant in Minnesota right now.

The flu and flu-like symptoms is taking its toll on Minnesotans and the high number of cases at Chanhassen High School has prompted the cancelation of Tuesday night's boys' basketball game against Buffalo High School.

"Due to numerous illnesses tonight's game vs. Buffalo has been postponed to a future date. We will let you know the date when it gets decided. No game tonight. No Practice tonight. Players should go home and relax, work on school work, and take care of their health," Chanhassen basketball said in a tweet. 

Illnesses have been hitting Minnesota schools hard in recent weeks, with Shakopee Public Schools unveiling a staggering number of students in the district with flu-related illnesses. 

On Monday, 300 students were out with flu-related illnesses at West Middle School in Shakopee. With an enrollment of just over 1,100, that represents nearly 30 percent of the school's student body battling the bug. 

At Sun Path Elementary, nearly 20 percent (approximately 100 students) of the school has been out with flu-related illnesses since last Wednesday. 

Percentage of students out with flu-related illnesses at Shakopee schools (as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday): 

  • West Middle School: 29.12%
  • Sun Path Elementary School: 19.76%
  • Sweeney Elementary School: 8.12%
  • East Middle School: 6.86%
  • Red Oak Elementary School: 5.85%
  • Jackson Elementary: 4.78%
  • Eagle Creek Elementary: 4.67%
  • Shakopee High School: 3.34%
  • Tokata Learning Center: 3.19%

"The school district is closely monitoring the situation, and hoping the situation has, or is close to peaking in all impacted buildings. If things worsen, the district may need to take further actions in an effort to keep students and staff healthy and safe," Shakopee Public Schools said in an update Tuesday. 

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache and chills. 

"Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Flu activity is picking up in Minnesota. It’s not too late to get vaccinated!" the Minnesota Department of Health said in a Facebook post Monday. 

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