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Salmonella Outbreak at Senior Care Center Leaves 5 Hospitalized

An outbreak of Salmonella linked to the Blue Hill Care Center in central Nebraska has sickened an estimated 19 people, 5 of whom were hospitalized.

One person, a visitor to the elderly home, remains in the hospital, according to the South Heartland District Health Department, which is conducting the investigation in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The other 4 patients, all residents, have been released.

To date, there have been 17 cases confirmed as part of the outbreak with 2 more suspected among residents, staff and visitors of the Blue Hill Care Center, a care facility for the elderly in Webster, NE that accommodates 62 residents.

Illnesses began in early August, according to South Heartland’s Director Michele Bever, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. investigators continue to look for the source of contamination.

Symptoms of salmonellosis, the disease caused by a Salmonella infection, most commonly include fever, diarrhea, but can also include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, headache and body aches.

If you think you may have contracted a Salmonella infection, contact your healthcare provider.

To report cases suspected to be linked to this outbreak, contact the South Heartland District Health Department at 1-877-238-7595.

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