There are now over 600 people who have reported becoming ill after eating at the Pars Cove booth at the Taste of Chicago. Two people have filed lawsuits against the restaurant. One hundred people alone have called the health department since Monday and it is likely there are many more that will. If you believe you are part of the salmonella outbreak, you should call the City of Chicago at 312-744-5000. Full Story
According to a news release by the Chicago Department of Public Health, 66 of the cases are laboratory-confirmed cases of salmonellosis — the illness that results from infection with salmonella bacteria. Of those confirmed cases, 41 were identified as Salmonella Heidelberg, a common form of salmonella in the U.S.
A total of 25 people are now known to have been hospitalized, the CDPH said.
Most of those who became ill are from the Chicago area. A few are from downstate Illinois, and a few are from other states, the health department said.