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Sebeka, Wadena schools see more flu-like symptoms

Flu-like symptoms have tripled the number of day-to-day absences at Sebeka School.

Superintendent David Fjeldheim said about 35 students have been absent for three days this week.

"With the number of kids out, it's considered an outbreak," he said.

No H1N1 cases have been reported at Sebeka School and most of the students are experiencing seasonal flu symptoms.

"At this point, the school nurse hasn't had verification," Fjeldheim said. "They're calling it influenza type A."

But one has been confirmed at Wadena-Deer Creek high school.

According to WDC secondary principal Tyler Church's office, 40 to 45 students have been absent this week in the high school due to flu-like symptoms and about 15 students have reported fevers.

Because of the number of absences at Sebeka School, Menahga School Superintendent Mary Klamm sent out a memo to her staff informing them of the flu outbreak.

Menahga School hasn't had any out of the ordinary absences and the purpose of the memo was to advise staff to be cautious.