Aurora High School Reopens After Flu Outbreak

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy closed its campus Jan. 22 due to the flu outbreak, according to a statement on the school’s website

A west suburban Aurora high school that closed its campus last week because of an increase in flu cases reopened Monday.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, located at 1500 Sullivan Rd. in Aurora, closed its campus at 5 p.m. on Jan. 22 due to a flu outbreak, according to a statement on the school’s website. The school’s buildings were scheduled be “thoroughly cleansed and disinfected” during the closure.

The closure came “as a result of high levels of influenza cases and based on information from the Kane County Health Department and the recommendation of Rush-Copley Medical Center,” according to the statement.

Residence halls were scheduled to reopen at 3 p.m. Sunday, with classes resuming on Monday morning.

Kane County Health Department spokesman Tom Schlueter said the department has not been notified about any other school closings related to the flu, but that there has been a county-wide uptick this year of influenza-like illnesses and confirmed flu cases.

Despite flu season being in full swing, Schlueter said getting a vaccination can help to prevent the spread of the disease.

“It’s never too late to get a flu shot,” Schlueter said.

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