More people sickened by cyclospora illness outbreak — McDonald's salads

Marco Green
July 22, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration says more than 160 people have fallen ill from a parasitic illness linked to salad purchased at McDonald's. Initial reports claimed that almost 100 people were sick after eating salads containing cyclospora, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that more cases in new states-including Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota-has led McDonald's to pull all salads from menus in 14 different states where the lettuce supply chain is at risk.

A total of 163 people have now been sickened across 13 states after eating salads contaminated with a parasite, Cyclospora. The CDC notes that the Florida patient ate one of the salads while traveling in Kentucky.

The foodborne illness has been reported in Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, according to the CDC's case count map, and the majority of the illnesses have been found in Illinois and Iowa. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. They are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur.

"The health and safety of our customers and the people who work in McDonald's restaurants is always our top priority", the company said in a statement on Friday.

Officials from McDonald's released an official statement that highlighted their efforts to investigate, along with the FDA and CDC, where this outbreak began earlier this week-but given that it took federal officials over a month to find the source of the E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce, the investigation could be a long way from being solved. Symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or more times.

The CDC recommends seeing a health care professional if you ate a salad at McDonald's as far back as mid-May in the impacted states.

The FDA said the cyclospora infections are "likely linked" to McDonald's salads.

"McDonald's is committed to the highest standards of food safety and quality and we continue to cooperate and support regulatory and public health officials in their investigations", the company said.

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