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Shigella Lawsuit Filed Against Lombard Subway – Health Department Reports 21 Sickened

We filed a lawsuit today against a Lombard Illinois Subway restaurant for a Wheaton couple on behalf of their child who became sick after eating at the restaurant on February 26th.  Ron and Sarah Bowers purchased a meal for their child, JB, which was contaminated with Shigella sonnei, a potentially lethal fecal bacteria.  The child went to the pediatrician multiple times to monitor his illness, and it was not until the Bowers became aware of the Shigella outbreak from news reports that they reported his illness to the DuPage County Health Department. Their child was then tested for the bacteria and his results came back positive.

The Subway restaurant, located at 1009 E. Roosevelt Road, has been closed since March 4 as the DuPage County Health Department investigates the cause of this outbreak.  The DuPage County Health Department has received 21 reports of lab confirmed cases of Shigella related to that restaurant as of late yesterday. Seven people have been hospitalized and discharged.

  • Marvin Schulgen

    My wife is one of the confirmed Shigella cases from the Subway in Lombard. She is a school teacher who ate at the Lombard Subway on Friday, Feb. 27, became violently ill on Saturday, Feb. 28, and has been confined to bed ever since. Is it worth our considering joining the case against Subway?