A Salmonella outbreak at Elite Childcare Academy in Omaha has prompted the temporary closure of the facility for cleaning. Douglas County health officials don’t yet have a total of the number of people sickened. The daycare, located near the intersection of 108th Street and John Galt Boulevard, enrolls about 100 children.

Salmonella outbreaks occur when fecal matter is ingested. This can happen if someone who has a Salmonella infection uses the bathroom, does not wash hands properly and then prepares or handles food that others eat, or touches food-contact surfaces. In a daycare setting, it can also happen if an employee changes the diaper of a child who has a Salmonella infection and does not wash hands properly afterward.

Attorney Eric Hageman
Attorney Eric Hagemen

Daycare employees who suffer a foodborne illness should be tested before they return to work to make sure their infection has cleared. One instance where this did not happen resulted in tragedy. In 2015,  an E. coli outbreak at Learning Vine daycare center in Greenwood, South Carolina sickened 14 children killing one of them.

Food Poisoning Attorney Eric Hageman led the Pritzker Hageman team that won a $1 million wrongful death settlement for the family of 2-year-old Myles Mayfield who died from his illness.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection can take up to three days to develop, so Douglas County health officials are waiting to see how many children were sickened. Salmonella infections cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.

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