- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Health officials in northwest Ohio are investigating a salmonella outbreak they say has sickened 18 people at an assisted living facility.

The Wood County Health District and the Ohio Department of Health began investigating the outbreak at Heritage Corner Health Care Campus in Bowling Green last week. Officials say reported symptoms began in late May.

Health officials say they haven’t pinpointed the source of the illness, but are interviewing sickened patients about the foods they’ve eaten other possible exposure to the bacteria. They’re advising the assisted living center to close common areas, clean and sanitize the facility and serve meals in takeout containers that be taken to residents’ rooms.

Salmonella is a bacteria and the most common source of food poisoning in the U.S. Symptoms include diarrhea, cramping and fever.

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