Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

At Least 4 More States Report Infections Linked to Tainted McDonald's Salads

At Least 4 More States Report Infections Linked to Tainted McDonald's Salads

(Undated) - Health officials across the Midwest are investigating a Cyclospora outbreak that appears to be connected to McDonald's.

It has prompted the fast-food restaurant chain to pull salads from stores in IL and in, as well as Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin, it said.

McDonald's has stopped selling salads at some 3,000 locations across the country amid a multi-state parasite outbreak that has sickened dozens of customers.

People become sick with cyclosporiasis after eating food or drinking water carrying the parasite, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials are warning anyone who ate a McDonald's salad recently and has symptoms to get tested for the illness.

IL reported 90 cases since mid-May while Iowa had 15 cases since late June.

The cyclospora parasite is an intestinal illness.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said that they've had a total of six cases in the state so far this year, but that they all appeared to be travel related and therefore didn't indicate any connection to the McDonald's salads. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, appetite loss, stomach pain, bloating, gas, nausea and fatigue. "So, we've been working with McDonald's and some of the other states that have seen cases to try and determine what exactly is going on", said Quinlisk.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we chose to voluntarily stop selling salads at impacted restaurants until we can switch to another lettuce blend supplier", McDonald's said in a statement released Friday. Patients can be treated with antibiotics.

The CDC said as of Friday, it confirmed 227 cases of cyclosporiasis in people in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and MI who consumed now-recalled Del Monte vegetable trays.

The parasite is also to blame for an outbreak in Texas, although officials have not yet identified what's making people sick there.

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