'Extraordinary' flu outbreak closes school after 182 children fall ill

Middle Park State School in Brisbane’s southwest has told students to stay home today after an ‘extraordinary outbreak’ of the flu.

“Please check your emails for details about attendance Friday 3 August,” reads a message posted to the school’s Facebook page on Thursday.


182 students and 15 staff have come down with either Influenza A or B – that’s nearly a third of the school’s 600 students and staff.

Cleaning teams are running additional shifts in an attempt to sanitise the school grounds before well students return to the school next week.

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