Two children at Johnson Elementary School have confirmed cases of shigellosis, and the school is taking steps to prevent more children from becoming sick.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, shigellosis can cause diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps but rarely requires hospitalization. Most symptoms last five to seven days.
Johnson Elementary School's principal said workers are cleaning the school and talking to all students about the importance of washing their hands with soap after going to the bathroom. Shigellosis is most commonly transmitted from soiled fingers to the mouth.
The school also is sending out notes to parents today to explain to them shigellosis and talking to their children about the importance of washing their hands with soap.