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Four Deaths tied to Salmonella

Federal health department officials will inspect a Melbourne nursing home as investigations continue into a food poisoning outbreak that killed four people.  Three men and a woman, aged in their 70s and 80s, died from salmonella-related gastroenteritis following the outbreak at Broughton Hall nursing home and hostel at Camberwell, in Melbourne’s inner east.

State and federal health agencies and the Victorian coroner are investigating the deaths amid anger the outbreak was not reported to Victoria’s Department of Human Services (DHS) until 10 days after the first detected case.  Twenty residents at the 30-bed commonwealth-funded home were affected by the illness, which was first detected on April 5.  Two people are recovering in hospital.

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