The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) now counts 80 cases in the Illinois Salmonella outbreak linked to Subway restaurants in 26 different counties.  The IDPH’s web update states as follows:

Confirmed cases of Salmonella serotype Hvittingfoss – 80.

Age range of confirmed cases: 2 to 79.

Cases have reported eating at Subway restaurants located in 26 counties — Bureau, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Coles, Dekalb, DeWitt, Fulton, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, Livingston, Macon, Marshall, McLean, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Sangamon, Schuyler, Shelby, Tazewell, Vermilion, Warren, Will and Winnebago.

Investigation is ongoing. Numbers will be updated June 16, if additional cases are identified.

Foodpoisoning illnesses in Illinois have been rampant this year . . . particularly at Subway restaurants.  See Large Illinois Foodpoisoning Outbreaks in Recent Years.  So have the foodpoisoning lawsuits that inevitably follow the outbreaks.  No public announcement from Subway yet on the company’s willingness to pay outbreak victim’s medical expenses, which are undoubtedly substantial given the high rate of hospitalizations in this outbreak.