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Cedar Rapids Public Library taking steps to fight the flu

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

In eastern Iowa, some places are taking preventative measures in fighting the spread of the flu.

We've heard a lot in recent months about the spread of dangerous infections like Ebola, but doctors say the flu is also dangerous.

At least two Iowa children died from influenza in the past week.

Fourteen-year-old Amber Gray of Redfield and 3-year-old Ayzlee McCarthy of Elk Horn both died this week after showing flu-like symptoms.

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is taking active steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

"This is at the top of everyone's mind right now," said Amber Mussman, community relations manager for the library.

The flu is definitely at the top of Joe Lepkowski's mind.

"Makes you think a lot having a kid, especially the one girl that was three years old. [My son] being the same age. Story kind of hits home a little more," said Lepkowski.

The cleaning crew call themselves the "Clean Team," and while the crew has been working all year to keep the library extra clean, they're now doing a little bit more.

"We have a wonderful group of volunteers who come in every weeks at various times and help us by keeping our library extra clean," said Mussman. "They're also disinfecting things like keyboards, our touchscreen tablets which we have a lot of in the library, they're getting to our shelves that we don't get to every day, some of the materials as well and the toys we have in our children's library."

Mussman says they are making sure there's extra hand sanitizer and tissues are out for library goers to use if needed, and they're concentrating on area's heavily touched like railings, and obviously books

"We want it to be a place that people can come. We want them to know that they can come here, enjoy it, and not have to worry about getting sick," said Mussman.

Taking that extra step to ensure safe and clean areas is something Lepkowski and his son appreciates.

"Definitely helps put you at ease, coming here knowing that they're taking steps to help prevent the spread of the flu," said Lepkowski.

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