One Third Of Brisbane School Hit By Mass Flu Outbreak

The outbreak left nearly 200 students and 15 staff sick.

An extraordinary flu outbreak at a Brisbane primary school has left almost 200 pupils and 15 staff sick.

Middle Park State School will operate with a skeleton staff on Friday after the principal Anne Kitchin wrote to parents urging them to keep their kids home.

A team of cleaners is scrubbing down classrooms after outbreaks of both influenza A and B affected about a third of students at the school.

While the school will accept students on Friday, parents have been told to do what they can to make alternative arrangements.

"The school is taking additional preventative and precautionary measures to assist in managing this situation and will conduct additional hygienic cleaning of school premises over the coming days," the Queensland education department said in a statement.