Since Monday evening, 47 residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport have become ill and nine have been hospitalized, officials said.
Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, said Christopher Kelly, an AFRH spokesman. All the ill residents were in the independent living area.
Staff at the home have taken measures, Kelly said, including reminding residents through posted flyers and closed-circuit television of the importance of hand-washing and confining residents who feel unwell to their rooms.
Leadership at the home held a town tall meeting to discuss the status of the investigation into the illness and steps being taken to ensure residents’ health and safety, Kelly said.
The Mississippi State Department of Health is testing stool samples and Keesler Air Force Base is testing food samples. By policy, the AFRH maintains food samples for 72 hours and Keesler also inspects the kitchen monthly.