436 people sickened in outbreak linked to McDonald's salads

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 12, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration investigation into the outbreak continues.

At least 20 people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported.

Health officials in Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin all report they now have cases of people infected by the Cyclospora parasite that they believe came from having eaten lettuce in salads at McDonald's. 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".

The parasite can cause symptoms that include diarrhea, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea, fatigue and flu-like symptoms.

A total of 436 people have been sickened, the CDC said in its most recent update. The illness is treated with antibiotics.

The illness can last a few days to a few months, and patients might feel better but then get worse again. The national Centers for Disease Control noted that Connecticut, Tennessee, and Virginia patients purchased salads while traveling in IL.

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

McDonald's voluntarily stopped selling salads in more than 3,000 locations throughout the country on July 13, until it can switch to another lettuce-blend supplier.

The company's salad mix recall was connected with a public health alert issued on July 30 by the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service advising consumers that certain salad and wrap products might be contaminated with cyclospora. Fresh Express was not identified as the salad mix supplier until August 1. The FDA and CDC say it's not related to the concurrent Del Monte vegetable tray cyclospora outbreak hitting some of the same states.

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