The Kane County Health Department is advising residents of a multistate outbreak of E. coli O103 linked to clover sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants.
Jimmy John’s said Wednesday it had permanently removed sprouts from the menu at all of its restaurants, according to media reports.
The investigation is ongoing to determine whether contaminated sprouts were served at other restaurants or retailers. The Illinois Department of Public Health has identified six cases that are a match to a multistate outbreak strain of E. coli O103.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 14 cases from five states, including Illinois.
The cases included in this outbreak are related to an outbreak that was linked to sprouts served at Jimmy John’s in December 2019. In response, Jimmy John’s Franchise, LLC instructed stores to remove sprouts from their stores nationwide on Feb. 22, 2020.
IDPH and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are working to identify where the sprouts were distributed.
A STEC (Shinga Toxin-producing E.Coli) infection can cause abdominal cramps and severe diarrhea, which can be bloody. The average incubation period is one to ten days.
Symptoms can last about five to seven days. In children and older adults, a STEC infection can lead to uremia, which is acute kidney failure, and hemolytic anemia, which is the destruction of red blood cells. Most people who have healthy immune systems will recover without treatment.
For questions or additional information about the outbreak, contact the IDPH Communicable Disease Control Section at 217-782-2016 or visit the IDPH website.
For more information, consult this CDC Outbreak Posting.
The Kane County Health Department has an abundance of information on food safety online at KaneHealth.com.
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