By: Candess Zona-Mendola of MakeFoodSafe

Local media outlets report that the Douglas County Health Department is investigating a Salmonella outbreak linked to the Omaha-based Elite Childcare Academy daycare facility.

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The daycare has closed its doors pending the investigation. The number of illnesses and exact source of the outbreak have not yet been released. The agency’s representative, Phil Rooney, commented that the reason for the lack of information is because children may still be within the incubation period for Salmonella.

In the meantime, the health agency is having the daycare’s staff, parents, and guardians of the 100 or so children that are part of the agency complete surveys to determine the root source.

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Parents may not yet know if their child is sick or was exposed to Salmonella at Elite Childcare Academy. Salmonella has a 6 hour to 72-hour incubation period. Parents should continue to monitor their children for the signs and symptoms of Salmonella. If children show the symptoms of Salmonella, medical attention is highly recommended.

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