Flu Outbreak Closes Schools In Western Carolina County

There's no school today for students in the Mitchell County school district.That after 20 confirmed flu cases and the threat of the illness spreading.

Officials say they've been in constant contact with the health
department on how to approach the situation. The Yancey County schools have been closed all week because of an outbreak there.

Health officials say the Mitchell cases are a sign that the illness spread across the county line. Researchers from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Division of Public Health are trying to assess the effectiveness of closing schools in Yancey County. Theywere also investigating how the illness spread.