Knoxville (WVLT) - Knox County schools are out this week for fall break and school administrators are hoping the time away from the class room will help prevent the spread of Shigellosis.
There were 19 reported cases of the sickness in East Tennessee last week, nine in Knox County alone.
Its symptoms include diarrhea, with blood or mucous, severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and dehydration.
Doctors say it is spread by direct contact.
Parents are urged to encourage children to wash their hands and report any of the symptoms to your doctor.