Subway Salmonella Victim Speaks Out

By: Kimberly Brown Email
By: Kimberly Brown Email

Candy Johnstone said she is one of the victims of the salmonella outbreak linked to subway shops throughout central Illinois. She said she ate a veggie sub at the location on 7th street in Rochelle about three weeks ago. It was the same time these illnesses started being reported.

“I was either sleeping or in the bathroom. It was just terrible pains, and by Sunday I realized it was worse than a flu or common cold or something so I went to the emergency room," Johnstone said.

State health reps said the 7th street location in Rochelle is being investigated because of two cases reported in Ogle County. The attorney for this shop issued a statement. In part, it said they've taken precautionary measures by destroying lettuce, green peppers, red onions, and tomatoes that are suspected ingredients for the outbreak. Subway corporate managers said all Subway locations have done this. They too, issued a statement today explaining they have high standards for produce vendors, and that all produce is checked by Subway and by third party auditors.

Now feeling better, Johnstone said her Subway eating habits may change.

"They might change a little bit initially. And then I'll let my guard down and go back to regular."

Doctors said symptoms to look out for are, "nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and perhaps fever associated with it. Some people also complain of abdominal cramping which is very common," Dr. Rhodessa Capulong said.

And regular hand washing is key to prevention.

"Especially with poultry or raw meat and eggs. So, really adequate and rigorous hand washing when handling food."

But for any doubt, they said see a doctor.

Johnstone said she was later told by doctors she did have salmonella. That's when she said the state contacted her. Even though state health department leaders said that the 7th street location is the one being investigated for the two cases reported in Ogle County, the attorney for the shop said there's been no positive confirmation this location is associated with those two cases.

Corporate managers tell 23 News they are trying to find out a source for the outbreak and also if a certain shipment of product is to blame since the outbreak was regional.


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