- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 50 people staying at a Salt Lake City homeless shelter were taken to hospitals after falling ill with suspected food poisoning, officials said Monday.

Paramedics responded to the Road Home shelter Sunday night after receiving reports of multiple people vomiting, Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay said. A bus was brought in to take many of them to hospitals for treatment, Asay said.

Emergency officials took 48 people to hospitals, and seven others went on their own. There were some children among the group, but Asay did not have details about how many or their ages.

None of those sickened was in critical condition, and it wasn’t clear what caused them to fall ill.

The shelter did not serve any meals over the weekend, said Celeste Eggert, the Road Home’s development director. The facility only provides housing and occasionally has volunteer groups come in to serve food, but no meals were served Saturday or Sunday.

Many of those staying at the shelter eat at nearby kitchens and facilities, Eggert said.

Asay did not have details about where the sick had eaten or what food they had been served. The Salt Lake County health department was investigating.

Hundreds of people were in the shelter at the time, and people fell ill from both the men’s and women’s sides of the partitioned shelter, Asay said.



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