The Illinois Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Jackson County Health Department, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, and the Adams County Health Department, is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. Coli O103 linked to sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants.
Patients started experiencing symptoms in early January 2020 and mid February 2020.
Individuals at risk for illness include those who have consumed food from Jimmy John’s restaurants or sprouts in any setting.
Fourteen cases have been reported in five states, including Illinois. In Illinois, six cases matching the outbreak strain have been reported in central and southern Illinois.
A public health investigation is being conducted, including interviewing cases of Shiga toxin producing E. coli to identify food exposures and the collection of invoices to conduct traceback and identify the source of the sprouts. In response to the investigation, Jimmy John’s notified stores to remove sprouts from its menu nationwide on February 22, 2020.
Several outbreaks of E. coli and Salmonella have been investigated previously that were linked to sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants.
You can learn more about E.coli here: http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/e-coli