436 sick, 20 hospitalized due to parasitic illness linked to McDonald’s salads

436 sick 20 hospitalized due to parasitic illness linked to McDonald’s salads

436 sick 20 hospitalized due to parasitic illness linked to McDonald’s salads

After stopping selling salads at 3,000 stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and West Virginia, McDonald's has switched suppliers and resumed salad sales at those stores. At least 20 people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. According to the Centers for Disease Control, "Romaine lettuce from the same lot that was positive for cyclospora was distributed in pre-made salads and wraps distributed by Caito Foods LLC of Indianapolis". Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur. The illness is treated with antibiotics.

A total of 436 people have been sickened, the CDC said in its most recent update.

The illness can last a few days to a few months, and patients might feel better but then get worse again.

People who purchased salads while traveling through the Midwest from other states include residents of Tennessee and Virginia as well as the CT resident.

"Epidemiologic evidence indicates that salads purchased from McDonald's restaurants are one likely source of these infections".

McDonald's said in a statement on July 13 that it had removed the salad mix from it's impacted restaurants and replaced it with a different supplier.

The cyclospora outbreak related to McDonald's salads continues to spread, according to Thursday's updates from the FDA and the CDC.

The statement said, "Fresh Express follows rigid food safety requirements and preventive controls throughout our supply chain that are carefully created to mitigate against potential health risks". And the problem traces back to romaine lettuce and carrots.

Illnesses are usually reported within six weeks, so illnesses that started after June 21 may not be reported yet, the CDC said.

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