Subway Customers Affected by Salmonella Outbreak

Several customers from Illinois have been hospitalized after eating sandwiches from Subway which were found to have salmonella, a food-borne bacteria which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and headache.

Canton, Illinois: Several people have been hospitalized due to salmonella after eating sandwiches from food chain giant Subway. According to reports, the food-borne bacteria may come from the lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, and green peppers which are used in making sandwiches.

State officials said the salmonella outbreak affects at least 14 counties including Tazewell, Shelby Fulton, Warren, Ogle, LaSalle, Cass, Ogle, Macon, Champaign, Bureau, Christian, Schuyler, Christian, and Peoria. Meanwhile, 34 people have been sickened by the bacteria, with 14 of them needing hospitalization.

When asked about the issue, Subway spokesman Kevin Kane said Friday that the company is “cooperating with authorities in order to curb the outbreak.”

“After identifying the source of contamination, the restaurant company has immediately pulled this out and replaced this with fresh produce”, Kane said during an interview.

Despite the company's effort, officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health have warned that Subway customers who have developed symptoms related to salmonella such as vomiting, severe diarrhea, and stomach cramps on or after May 10 should immediately contact their health care provider.

While salmonella is generally not life-threatening, people who have weak immunity, young children, and older individuals are at higher risk of complications caused by dehydration.

Meanwhile, the state health department said that there is no treatment for salmonella except intravenous rehydration to replace the loss of fluid caused by severe diarrhea and vomiting.


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