Salmonella cases identified in this outbreak reported eating at Subway® locations in 22 counties. Illnesses are reported to have started between May 11 and May 25 and cases range in age from two-years to 88-years-old.
Although there has been no positive or confirmed association with a specific product, the SUBWAY® restaurant chain has voluntarily withdrawn all lettuce, green peppers, red onion and tomatoes, from the suspected dates from its restaurants and has replaced the product with new, fresh produce. The SUBWAY® brand will continue to work with the Illinois Department of Public Health and local health departments to assist in pinpointing the exact cause of the outbreak.
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. Some individuals who are infected may have no symptoms at all but may still transmit theSalmonella bacteria to others. The spread of Salmonella from person to person may be avoided by careful hand washing with soap and water, particularly after using the restroom.
The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Winnebago County Health Department encourages anyone experiencing gastrointestinal illness within six to 72 hours after eating at Subway® restaurants in Illinois on or after May 10, 2010 to contact their health care provider for treatment and testing. For more information about Salmonellosis, visit the Illinois Department of Illinois website at http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hbsam.htm, or the Winnebago County Health Department at www.wchd.org.