People in 15 States Infected in McDonald's Salad Outbreak

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People in 15 States Infected in McDonald's Salad Outbreak

Last month, news broke that over 100 people in Iowa and IL had gotten sick due to a parasite found in McDonald's salads. 16 individuals have been hospitalized, with cases recorded in 15 states.

Federal officials said this week that now almost 400 people in 15 states have been sickened by a parasite infection that's been linked to McDonald's salads. Patients in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Virginia bought their contaminated salads in IL while traveling.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and government officials are investigating the outbreak of Cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite.

The Salinas-based produce company supplied the contaminated bagged salad mixes to McDonald's franchises in the Midwest, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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In a statement, Fresh Express said it issued a "precautionary recall" on July 27th. Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite.

Symptoms of Cyclospora infection can include diarrhea, explosive bowel movements, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, increase gas, nausea and fatigue.

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

On July 13, McDonald's announced it voluntarily stopped selling salads at the impacted restaurants, including Kentucky. "We are closely monitoring the situation and cooperating with state and federal public health authorities as they further investigate".

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