October 23, 2016

Food Poisoning Outbreak at Salt Lake City Homeless Shelter

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, about 50 people were taken to a hospital from a homeless shelter in Salt Lake City, Utah after becoming ill with symptoms of food poisoning. Those sickened were at The Road Home homeless shelter at 210 South Rio Grande.

FoodPoisoningOutbreakSymptoms included vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal pains and cramps, according to the report. Staff at the shelter called for help at about 9:30 pm Sunday, May 31, 2015. People from the men’s shelter and the women and family shelter were sickened.

None of those sickened are in serious condition. All but one patient has recovered, according to news reports. Three of those sickened were children.

The exact cause of the illness has not yet been determined. Public health officials stated that the investigation is just starting and there are no definitive answers yet. No meals were served at the shelter over the weekend, but volunteer groups do serve food there, according to shelter staff.

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