McDonald's salads eyed as possible source of parasitic illness

McDonald's salads are being eyed as the possible source of a parasite that has sickened more than 35 people since mid-May, according to public health officials in two Midwestern states. Health officials in Illinois and Iowa are investigating dozens of cases of Cyclosporiasis in individuals who reported eating McDonald's salads, according to USA Today.

The illness, caused by a parasite usually found in developing nations called Cyclospora, was reported in more than 20 people in Illinois and 15 in neighboring Iowa over the last two months. The illness causes symptoms like diarrhea, cramping, bloating, nausea, fatigue, weight loss and fever.

Iowa's public health officials directed consumers who ate the salads and then developed these symptoms to see their doctors and request testing for Cyclospora. In Illinois, about a quarter of the 90 cases counted there since mid-May have stricken those who said they had eaten McDonald's salads previously.  

McDonald's said "out of an abundance of caution" it is removing salads from some restaurants and distribution centers and resupplying from other sources. 

USA Today said that McDonald's spokeswoman Terri Hickey reported that approximately 3,000 U.S. restaurants are impacted.
 


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