Illinois Subway Faces 3rd Food Poisoning Lawsuit

Three lawsuits have already been filed concerning a food borne illness outbreak that allegedly originated with a Subway restaurant in Illinois. WGNTV is reporting that the the third involves a Wheeling who allegedly became sick after eating at the Subway in Lombard late last month. The man says his symptoms continue.

According to Food Safety News, the complaint which was filed in Dupage County Circuit Court states that the man ate a sandwich that was prepared by the Lombard Subway restaurant on February 25. The man became ill the next day with symptoms typical to <"">Shigellosis, becoming sicker over the next few days, said Food Safety News. By March 2, he was so ill, he was seen by his primary care doctor and by the next day, his diarrhea was bloody; he submitted a sample for testing, reported Food Safety News.

He needed more treatment on March 5, when his condition worsened, and was seen at an Urgent Care Facility, where he was told that his prior stool sample tested positive for Shigella, explained Food Safety News. Antibiotic treatment was initiated.

A couple from Wheaton couple and a woman from Lombard, both in Illinois, also filed lawsuits, said WGNTV.

According to David Hass, the spokesman for the DuPage County Health Department, there have been, to date, 50 confirmed cases of Shigellosis, which is an infectious food borne disease that is caused by Shigella pathogen, said WGNTV. Ten people have been hospitalized as a result of this outbreak, added WGNTV

The Subway restaurant, located at 1009 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard, remains closed while the investigation continues, sad WGNTV.

Shigella is a genus of bacteria that are a major cause of diarrhea—with blood and mucus—worldwide. Shigella bacteria are transmitted by ingestion of contaminated food or water, or through person-to-person contact. In the body, Shigella bacteria can invade and destroy the cells lining the large intestine, causing mucosal ulceration and bloody diarrhea.

Apart from diarrhea, symptoms of Shigella infection include fever, abdominal cramps, and rectal pain. Most patients recover without complications within seven days. Shigellosis can be treated with antibiotics, although, as with many other food borne illnesses, some strains have developed drug resistance.

A lawsuit filed Friday accuses a west suburban Subway restaurant of serving bacteria-tainted food, claiming a woman was hospitalized after eating there. It is the second suit filed in connection with a an outbreak of the Shigella sonnei bacteria linked to the restaurant.

The Chicago Sun Times pointed out that the Shigella bacteria in this case appears to be Shigella sonnei, which can be lethal.

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