The Frederick County Health Department says that eight people recently fell ill with Salmonella at the Homewood at Crumland Farms nursing home. One person who had to be hospitalized after developing Salmonella died afterward. The assisted living facility’s nursing home director says that the death was caused by other health issues.
This microscopic bacteria can be spread through food and feces and from person to person. Eating poultry or meat that wasn’t cooked at the right temperature can cause Salmonella. Although generally a non-life threatening condition, it can exacerbate existing health issues and can be very dangerous for infants, young kids, pregnant women, unborn babies, people with weakened immune systems, and older adults. Signs of Salmonella include fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.
It is important that Maryland nursing home make sure that their kitchens are clean and satisfy all safety and health regulation and that food, drink, and produce are properly handled, stored, prepared, and cooked. In the event that a nursing home resident gets sick, develops health issues, and/or dies from Salmonella or from other food-related bacteria and the contamination could have been avoided were it not for negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, the patient may have grounds for a Frederick County nursing home negligence case.
About 400 people die a year from acute salmonellosis.
Salmonella outbreak sickens eight at Frederick nursing home, Frederick News Post, November 24, 2010
Frederick nursing home hit with 8 salmonella cases, Washington Examiner/AP, November 24, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Salmonella Questions and Answers, USDA
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