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Lawsuit Filed Against Illinois Subway Over Shigella Outbreak

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A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 74 people who contracted shigellosis infection, a severe intestinal disease caused by the shigella bacteria, from a Lombard, Illinois Subway, last year. The lawsuit claims between February 23 and March 1, 2010, there were 328 cases of shigellosis connected to the Subway restaurant.

The lawsuit also states that the DuPage County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health found that two Subway employees had been sick with gastrointestinal symptoms prior to the outbreak, and that they tested positive for the strain of shigella that caused the outbreak and that “poor hygienic practices by these employees, and generally at the defendant’s Subway restaurant caused widespread contamination of patrons’ food.”

An attorney for the plaintiffs described shigella as “salmonella on steroids,” saying its “very, very powerful.”

The group lawsuit is the fourth lawsuit filed by the law firm on behalf of people who became ill after eating at the Subway. The other lawsuits are still pending, the TribLocal reported.

The lawsuit is seeking financial compensation, as well as instilling better health practices in the restaurant. disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Filed Against Illinois Subway Over Shigella Outbreak was posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 7:24 pm at and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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