The health department is investigating an illness outbreak linked to the DC Cobb restaurant in McHenry

File photo – DC Cobb’s at McHenry | Photo: Google Street View

Health officials are warning customers who ate at DC Cobb’s in McHenry after more than a dozen people fell ill after eating at the restaurant.

The McHenry County Health Department (MCDH) reported an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness Tuesday evening linked to DC 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 fell ill after eating at the facility.

MCDH is continuing to investigate the source and type of outbreak, a spokesperson said.

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

The company works with MCDH environmental health staff to ensure safe food handling practices.

Those who ate at the facility from Aug. 29 to Sept. 13 are being asked to complete a survey to help MCDH collect data to help determine the cause of the illness.

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

Officials said the investigation was confidential and in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Anyone with severe gastrointestinal symptoms should see their healthcare provider, health officials said.

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