Illness Forces Kansas Elementary To Cancel Classes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, August 17, 2012

A northeastern Kansas elementary school is closed for a second day because of a widespread illness, and the Johnson County Health Department is investigating.

The Shawnee Mission School District canceled classes Thursday and again Friday at Rosehill Elementary because of a gastrointestinal illness that swept through the school.

The Kansas City Star reports the health department believes the problem is isolated to Rosehill Elementary. Crews spent Thursday scrubbing the building, and district officials canceled classes Friday to limit the risk of more exposure.

Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. County health officials have sent specimens to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for further analysis.

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