St. Charles Portillo’s Blamed For At Least 10 Salmonella Cases

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (WBBM) –Kane County health officials say eating at the Portillo’s Restaurant in St. Charles made at least 10 people ill over the past two weeks.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bob Roberts reports, officials are still trying to determine the source.

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Although the strain is a rare one, 10 cases have been reported to west suburban health officials in the past two weeks. Most, or all, of those who took ill are believed to have eaten at the Portillo’s Restaurant in St. Charles.

The Portillo’s, at 3895 E. Main St., underwent a top-to-bottom cleaning overnight on Monday. Workers employed by the restaurant are not being allowed to return to their jobs until they receive negative results from two tests for the food-borne disease.

All food on hand in the restaurant until Monday either has been thrown out or removed to the health department for testing.

Asked if he considers the restaurant safe, Kane County Health Department Executive Director Paul Kuehnert said, “Absolutely.”

“If it wasn’t safe, we wouldn’t allow it to be open,” he said. “But they’ve taken every precaution and they have cooperated with us fully.”

The symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that begin within 12 to 72 hours of eating the spoiled food, and last for anywhere from four to seven days.

Kuehnert said that although most people recover without treatment or even visiting a doctor, the health department advises anyone who has had such symptoms to visit their doctors in order to assist investigators.

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  • Dr. A. Coveny

    Salmonella and E. Coli outbreaks ar all too common. Call if you have become ill from food poisoning! 713-306-3880.

  • William Schneider

    On Friday April 29th, my son, neice, great niece and myself ate at Portillo’s on Lake Street in Bloomingdale We all had something different with one exception.
    We all had french fries. We all went home. My great niece age six had diarea and an accident in her pants. My niece proceeded to the rest room and had a bowl movement and severe stomach pain, my son age 19 (down Syndrome) later had a severe stomach ache and l a bowl movement. I was the worst. At least, no lie 10 bowl movements, diarea and severe stomach pain, probably because I had a beef with sweet and hot peppers, mine meal had the most grease. I have always been a fan of Portillo’s resturant way back when they opened the original little hot dog shack in Villa Park. Over the past couple of years I have experience similar symtoms at other locations, this one was absolutely worse than having kidney stones. After hearing the report on AM 780 and the report that is posted on the internet that took place at the Streamwood location where the manager was accused of serving food out of the garbage, I will most likely not be dining at Portillo’s again. It’s a shame,because as I said I’ve always been a fan. Perhaps they have gotten too big. Just my thoughts-WS

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