The McDonald's on South Main Street in Bloomington will be closed during the investigation of possible salmonella contamination. (Beth Whisman/WJBC)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
BLOOMINGTON - Customers headed to the McDonald's on South Main Street in Bloomington will find a sign on the door saying the restaurant is temporarily closed.
Owner Bob Dobski said it has been closed since Friday, while the McLean County Health Department investigates a possible salmonella contamination. Department Spokeswoman Kera Simon said a cluster of salmonella cases were found in Central Illinois between Oct. 18 and Nov. 11, and a few of them were linked to the McDonald's on South Main Street.
Simon said the suspected link is a human transmission and not a specific food. The department is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health. She said both departments are still investigating possible links to all the cases.
Owner Bob Dobski said the health department has checked the restaurant and reports it is clean. Employees are being checked now. Dobski said the customers' health and satisfaction are his top concerns.
Symptoms of salmonella include fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea.
The restaurant closed voluntarily and will remain closed until employee testing is complete.
Stephanie Pawlowski can be reached at Stephanie.Pawlowski@Cumulus.com