Sickness prompts Wis. elementary school closing

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — An outbreak of illnesses is prompting a northern Wisconsin elementary school to call off classes.

Pelican Elementary School in Rhinelander will be closed Friday because of a variety of illnesses among students and staff. The school district says the two main illnesses are gastrointestinal and upper respiratory with fever.

The Oneida County Health Department tells WSAW-TV (http://bit.ly/1kDLvt3 ) that about 30 percent of the school’s 295 students are sick. That percentage does not include a number of staff members who also are ill.

The school will reopen on Monday.

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Information from: WSAW-TV, http://www.wsaw.com

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