Influenza just keeps on giving.
Wayne State College officials Thursday canceled an honor choir event that brings top high school singers to the campus because the college's choral director, accompanist and a number of students were battling the bug.
“We just decided it was the better part of valor not to share with the rest of the world,” said Linda Christensen, chairwoman of the college's music department.
In fact, the choral director had just recovered from influenza, an upper respiratory illness, only to come down with a stomach bug. Both have hit Nebraska and the rest of the nation hard this season.
Influenza activity remains high in Nebraska, said Leah Bucco-White, a spokeswoman for the State Department of Health and Human Services.
Some data from the week ending Jan. 19 indicated influenza cases might be plateauing. Data will be updated today. However, the virus is expected to continue circulating for the next several weeks. Health officials still encourage vaccinations.
Christensen said the honors choir typically brings in students from more than a dozen high schools from across Nebraska and one from Iowa for a daylong event. With the cancellation, entry fees will be refunded.
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