Salmonella outbreak in south-central Nebraska

Posted By:  KLKN Newsroom

Health officials are investigating an outbreak of salmonella at a care center in Blue Hill in south central Nebraska.

The South heartland District Health Department says 17 cases of the illness have been confirmed and two probable or suspect cases have been reported in Blue Hill Care Center residents, staff and visitors.

Health officials say four residents were temporarily hospitalized after showing symptoms. A visitor was also hospitalized. Director Michele Bever says the first cases were reported in early August, and officials are still looking for the source. A telephone call to Bever wasn't returned Tuesday afternoon.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and stomach pain. It's most dangerous to young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.