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Flu shuts down local daycare

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Those thinking flu season is over should think again. The flu bug hit one metro daycare so hard that they had to shut down for a couple days.

Parkville Academy Early Learning Center should have been teeming with little kids playing and having a ball, but instead their doors are closed for the next two days because too many people got sick.

"One staff member's flu was unconfirmed. They think it may be just too late in the virus to actually be able to diagnose it. But we got, today, we probably have 10 kiddos out sick with flu symptoms," said Amanda Marshall, the daycare's owner.

The daycare posted the news on its Facebook page and got the sick kids and staff out with the healthy staff staying behind.

"And then we just started sanitizing the daycare and disinfecting everything, trying to keep it contained," Marshall said.

Officials with the University of Kansas Hospital say people should do the same things when it gets warmer that they do in the wintertime to protect themselves from the flu.

"It's definitely not something we expect at this time of year and we have patients in the hospital with influenza also, so it's definitely not expected this time of year," said Dr. Lee Norman.

Norman is the chief medical officer at the University of Kansas. For him, just because it's unexpected doesn't mean it's unprecedented.

"It can happen. The only time I've seen it in recent memory is 2009. You remember the H1N1 when it busted onto the scene. We had a peak in May and June and then again in the fall, like we expect," he said.

A total of five daycare staff members and 13 kids got sick. The center will be closed for about two days so everyone can come back nice and healthy.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest report shows widespread flu activity in parts of the Northeast. Six states show elevated levels of flu: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and New York.

Most of the cases are Influenza B, not the more serious H1N1 that many people had earlier.

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