Jimmy John's lab results delayed by holidays

12/24/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

The Finney County Health Department "hopes" to have lab results back by the end of the year after numerous cases of gastrointestinal illnesses have been reported from people who have eaten at Jimmy John's since Dec. 10.

"The specific cause of the illness is not known as of yet, and it may be a delay in the results because of the holidays, but we hope to have it solved before the year is out," said Ashley Goss, director of the Finney County Health Dept.

But Goss did add there were no food handling violations.

The health department, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Department of Agriculture and Jimmy John's restaurant have been working together to find the cause of the illnesses.

Currently, more than 60 cases have been reported to the health department from people who reportedly have become sick since eating at the restaurant on Dec. 11, with Dec. 18 as the most recent.

Goss said the symptoms "mirrors" the stomach flu, and include vomiting, diarrhea, fever in some cases, muscle and joint aches as well as fatigue.

These symptoms have been seen 24-48 hours after eating at Jimmy John's between Dec. 10 and December 20.

Kyle Lanning, the area manager at Jimmy John's said the restaurant is working with the Kansas Department of Health and environment, and was not authorized to give any more details.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture conducted a required inspection of the restaurant. According to an earlier press release over the weekend, any findings have been corrected and required no further action.

No returned phone calls were received from The Kansas Department of Health and Environment or the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

But according to a press released that was issued Monday afternoon, KDHE is asking for anyone who ate at Jimmy John's between Dec. 10 to 20, to complete a survey even if they did not become ill after eating there.

Persons can access the survey at the following address:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/gardencityillness.

If persons have problems accessing the link they are urged to call the health department at 272-3600 and speak to a staff nurse.

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