Officials at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have announced that 34 individuals in 14 counties have become sickened by a rare strain of Salmonella. Fourteen of the victims have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date.
The victims identified in this outbreak have reported eating at Subway locations in 14 counties: Sangamon, Schuyler, Christian, Bureau, LaSalle, Cass, Champaign, Peoria, Shelby, Warren, Macon, Ogle, Fulton and Tazewell. At this point in the investigation, no cases have reported eating at Subway restaurants in either northeastern or southernmost portions of Illinois. Illnesses are reported to have started between May 14 and May 25 and cases range in age from 6 to 88 years old.
The specific type of Salmonella involved in this outbreak is a rare serotype called Hvittingfoss. Typically, only one to two cases of this type of Salmonella are seen in Illinois per year, and only 36 are typically seen in the entire United States annually (average over the past 12 years).
In response to the investigation, the Subway restaurant chain has voluntarily withdrawn all lettuce, green peppers, red onion and tomatoes, from the suspected dates from its restaurants and has replaced the product with new, fresh produce.
Symptoms of Salmonellosis (illness caused by Salmonella bacteria) include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and/or stomach cramps. Illness usually develops within six to 72 hours after being exposed to Salmonella bacteria and generally lasts three to seven days.
This is the third food poisoning outbreak tied to Subway restaurants. The first was a Hepatitis A outbreak in King County Washington in 1999, and the second was a Shigella outbreak in DuPage county earlier this year. Simon & Luke currently represents several victims in the DuPage Shigella outbreak.
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