The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of escherichia coli O103 (E. coli) linked to sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants.
Jimmy John’s notified stores to remove sprouts from its menu nationwide on Feb. 22.
According to the CDC, 14 cases in five states have been reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from Jan. 6 to Feb. 11.
In Illinois, six cases matching the outbreak strain have been reported in Adams, Champaign and Jackson counties.
IDPH is working with local and federal officials to identify where the sprouts were distributed; people in other locations across the state could potentially have been exposed.
Symptoms of illness caused by E. coli may include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If you experience these symptoms, call your health care provider.
Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. This condition can lead to serious kidney damage and death.
People may feel sick three to four days after eating or drinking something that contains the bacteria. However, illnesses can start anywhere from one to 10 days after consumption.
For more information on E. coli can be found on the IDPH website.