Hepatitis A, flu outbreak force entire school district to close

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Johnson County Independent Schools closed its schools on Wednesday after school administrators were made aware of several cases of both influenza A and inflluenza B, as well as one confirmed case of Hepatitis A.

Johnson County Independent Schools Superintendent, Thom Cochran, took the FaceBook Tuesday evening saying, “I have been informed that there has been a confimred case of Hepatitis A in our school district. This confimred case is a non-food service staff member at Johnson County Middle School. In addition to that case, we have confirmed cases of both influenza A and influenza B at multiple schools. As an added precaution to our routine cleaning, we weill be closings schools [on Wednesday], January 23, 2019.”

Cochran went on to say extra cleaning and disinfection will take place while the schools are closed on Wendsday to ensure the safety of students and staff.

According to Cochran, Kentucky law requires students to get the Hepatitis A vaccine before the beginning of the school year.

He hopes parents that have yet to vaccinate their children will take Wednesday’s school closure as an opportunity to get that done.

This is a developing story. Stay with 13 News for updates on air and online.

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