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City Releases Results After Denver Rescue Mission Illness

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The scene outside the Denver Rescue Mission (credit: CBS)

The scene outside the Denver Rescue Mission (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (CBS4) – Two weeks ago several people became sick after eating at the Denver Rescue Mission. Now the city has released the results from their investigation into what happened.

The city found that the bacteria that caused the problem lives in human nasal passages.

Dozens of people were taken to the hospital on July 22 after eating at the Lawrence Street shelter. Denver Health officials found improper food temperatures and hygienic practices were contributing factors. Specifically, the rapid cooling and reheating of smoked turkey and a bacteria that lives on human skin and in the nose.

The Denver Rescue Mission conducted its own investigation and found similar results.

The city believes it was an isolated incident.

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