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Massive Pink Eye Outbreak Shuts Down Schools

2,400 students and teachers have pink eye


A huge pink eye outbreak has caused most schools in American Samoa to be shut down.

pink-eye-outbreakRoughly 2,400 students and teachers were affected by the pink eye outbreak and all of the 28 schools in American Samoa had to shut down on Friday. The schools were scheduled to be reopened on Wednesday, but the amount of infections only resulted in four being able to do so, WebProNews reports.

Officials in American Samoa have announced that public schools will remain closed until next week. Over 30% of teachers for these schools have been hit by the pink eye outbreak.

American Samoa is the farthest south territory of the United States and is roughly the size of Washington D.C. It is made up of several islands and sits 300 miles south of the New Zeland territory of Tokelau, WebProNews reports.

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