A national illness detection program aiming to stop illness trends before they spread is making inroads in west-central Wisconsin.

It’s the holy grail of public health, and several regional schools already are dipping their toes in the previously uncharted waters.

The schools are participating in the FLUency program operated by Kinsa, a California-based company that makes internet-connected thermometers that can be paired with an app to track students’ symptoms. The program provides free smart thermometers to families in participating schools.

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