TOPEKA (WIBW)--- The Shawnee County Health Department and KDHE are checking several shigellosis cases in children.
USD 501 confirms it centers on Highland Park Central Elementary, saying the district sent information to those parents.
Shigellosis is a gastro intestinal illness caused by a bacteria.
It is treatable and most people quickly recover from symptoms including diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps.
Shigella is found in the feces of an infected person. It's spread by close contact, and by eating and drinking contaminated food or water.
To stop the spread, always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating. Do not share food, drinks, spoons and or straws.