Illinois health experts have linked a recent cluster of individuals with salmonella, a bacterial illness associated with contaminated food, with sprouts served at multiple Jimmy John's locations across the state.
The Illinois Department of Public Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and other state and local health departments announced in a news release Friday that they are investigating a cluster of salmonella infections after two Illinois residents became ill.
The residents reported becoming ill Dec. 20 and 26, and based on a review of produce, suppliers and items consumed, investigators believe the most likely source of the infection is sprouts from multiple Jimmy John’s locations.
The release did not state at what locations the individuals believe they became infected.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has asked the sandwich chain to discontinue the sale of sprouts until the investigation is complete.
Anyone who might have developed symptoms of salmonella after eating food at a Jimmy John’s restaurant should contact his or her health care provider or local health department.
Symptoms include headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, chills, fever, nausea and dehydration, according to the release, and usually appear six to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria, but can be longer.
Most illnesses become resolved on their own and do not require treatment other than drinking fluids to stay hydrated.
Salmonella bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals. Person-to-person transmission of salmonella occurs when an infected person’s feces, from his or her unwashed hands, contaminates food during preparation or comes into direct contact with another person.
Almost any food can be contaminated with the bacteria.