Shigellowich anyone?

Shigellowich, anyone?

Recently, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of 74 people who suffered from a severe gastrointestinal illness after eating at a Lombard, IL restaurant last year.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in DuPage County Circuit Court against a restaurant on E. Roosevelt Road. The suit alleges that during a period from Feb. 23 to March 1, 2010, there were 328 cases of shigellosis infection, an intestinal disease caused by a family of bacteria known as shigella, which originated from the restaurant.

The lawsuit alleges that an investigation by the DuPage County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health showed that two of the restaurant’s employees tested positive for the same strand of shigella that caused the outbreak and that those two individuals had been ill with gastrointestinal symptoms prior to the outbreak.

The lawsuit states “poor hygienic practices by these employees, and generally at the defendant’s restaurant caused widespread contamination of patrons’ food.”

What does this mean if you are an owner?

If you are an owner of a restaurant where you prepare and serve sandwiches all day, shouldn’t you be noticing that some of your employees are visiting the restroom more often than usual? Is it not noticeable that employees are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms? Shouldn’t the employees be educated on what this gastrointestinal illness really means?

Attention Employees! If you have to go to the restroom every 30 minutes, then perhaps you should stay home and let someone else work on those sandwiches! OR At least, let your manager know that you have the runnies…… uh oh – I gotta go.

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