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Bolingbrook woman: Subway made me sick

A Bolingbrook woman has filed suit against an Aurora Subway restaurant, claiming she got sick after eating a sandwich infected with salmonella.

According to the suit filed in Will County, [the Bolingbrook woman] bought a sandwich from the Subway at 1248 N. Lake St. in Aurora.

That night, she ended up with cramps, diarrhea and body aches, the suit alleges.

The suit says [the plaintiff] eventually had to drive herself to a hospital, where she was treated for dehydration and given medication for nausea. She missed work because she was still feeling ill, the suit says.

[The lawsuit] was filed by Maler Clark, a Seattle-based law firm that specializes in food poisoning cases.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, food handlers at 46 Subway restaurants in Illinois tested positive for salmonella.

The specific type of salmonella involved in this outbreak usually is only seen once or twice a year in Illinois, the IDPH said.

The IDPH said 90 people have been sickened by salmonella linked to Subway. All 90 are recovering, but 25 were hospitalized. Confirmed cases have reported eating at restaurants between May 5 and June 4. Cases range in age from 2 to 79, the IDPH said.

The cases come from 28 Illinois counties including DeKalb, LaSalle and Will.

Representatives from Subway would not comment on the suit, but did release a statement through the Public Health Department, apologizing to anyone who got sick.

"As soon as the Subway brand learned of the IDPH investigation, the brand voluntarily removed all produce suspected by the health department from each store," said Subway CEO Thomas J. Coba. "The brand is committed to cooperating with IDPH as it works to pinpoint the exact cause of the outbreak."

More on this outbreak: Subway Salmonella Outbreak

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