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Shigella bacteria outbreak sickens 78

March 18, 2010
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LOMBARD, IL — The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of shigellosis, an infectious disease caused by Shigella bacteria, at a local Subway Restaraunt has risen to 78, according to WGN-TV.
DuPage County Health Department spokesman David Hass says 11 individuals have been hospitalized and 10 of them have been treated and released, the story stated.
According to the story, three lawsuits have been filed in connection with the shigellosis outbreak.
Most people who contract shigellosis develop symptoms including diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach cramps, one to two days after being exposed to the bacteria, the story noted.
The restaurant remains closed as the investigation of the food-borne illness continues, the story added.
If you visited the Subway restaurant located at 1009 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard, Illinois, between February 24 and March 1 and you developed symptoms up to four days after eating there, you should call a doctor and alert the DuPage County Health Department at 630-682-7400.
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