File Photo – D.C. Cobb’s in McHenry | Photo: Google Street View

Health officials are warning customers who ate at D.C. Cobb’s in McHenry after over a dozen people became sick after eating at the restaurant.

The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) reported Tuesday evening about an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness linked to D.C. Cobb’s, located at 1204 North Green Street in McHenry.

The health department identified an outbreak at the business after receiving complaints from 13 people who became ill after eating at the establishment.

The MCDH is continuing its investigation into the source and type of outbreak, a spokesperson said.

D.C. Cobb’s is “fully cooperating” with MCDH staff during the ongoing investigation, the health department said.

The business is working with MCDH Environmental Health staff to ensure safe food handling practices.

Those who ate at the establishment from August 29 through September 13 are being asked to complete a survey to assist MCDH in collecting data to help determine the cause of the illness.

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The health department said it is important that those who ate during the time frame complete the survey even if they did not develop symptoms.

Officials said the survey is confidential and compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Anyone who is experiencing severe gastrointestinal symptoms should consult with their healthcare provider, health officials said.

Those with questions or who need help with the survey can call a communicable disease nurse at 815-334-4500.