CDC Report: Hundreds Ill From Parasite In McD Salads

Chicago People walk by McDonald's restaurant in Chicago. McDonald's is the 2nd most successful restaurant franchise in the world with 33,000 locations

Chicago People walk by McDonald's restaurant in Chicago. McDonald's is the 2nd most successful restaurant franchise in the world with 33,000 locations

Last month, news broke that over 100 people in Iowa and IL had gotten sick due to a parasite found in McDonald's salads.

The FDA noted that ill patients from Connecticut, Tennessee and Virginia purchased salads while traveling in IL, and that the Florida patient purchased a salad in Kentucky. Sixteen individuals have been hospitalized, according to the CDC.

A parasite infection linked to a product in McDonald's salads has led to a sickness that has impacted almost 400 people across 15 states.

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Patients from Connecticut, Tennessee and Virginia bought their contaminated salads while traveling in IL. So far, 16 of these cases have been severe to the point of hospitalization.

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. It can take people up to a week after ingesting the contaminated food to start feeling symptoms, and many cyclospora infections take weeks to manifest. Symptoms of the illness include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and body aches. Symptoms can last from several days for up to a month. McDonald's, based in Chicago's West Loop, said in July that it had removed the mix from impacted restaurants.

In a recall statement on the Fresh Express website, the company said it had launched a "precautionary recall" of the institutional food service product on July 27 of a "limited number of cases". The company is now in the midst of switching to a different lettuce-mix supplier.

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