Area schools fighting the flu epidemic

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Kentucky health officials say the outbreak of flu in the Commonwealth has reached epidemic proportions.Kentucky is now in its sixth consecutive week of widespread flu activity.

Warren County schools have 16,000 students.That's a lot of kids to keep healthy, but the county is doing it, with attendance levels at 96% despite the epidemic.

"Our custodians regularly clean the classrooms, hallways, restrooms with products that help kill viruses," says Warren County Schools Director of Facilities, Mike Wilson, "fungicide, things of that nature so that we can help prevent disease before it starts and spreads." Like other specialists we talk to, Wilson says the best way to keep illness from spreading is to wash your hands regularly.

Kentucky health officials say there have been 65 deaths related to the flu so far this season.

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