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Nearly 300 Confirmed Sick in Parasite Outbreak Linked to McDonald's Salads

Some symptoms include appetite loss, intestinal pain, nausea, and fatigue

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    McDonald's Removing Salads From 3,000 Stores

    An outbreak of food poisoning possibly linked to McDonald's salads is growing. Officials in five more states are reporting cases of the Cyclospora parasite.

    (Published Monday, July 16, 2018)

    The CDC is now reporting that nearly 300 people have been diagnosed with an intestinal illness after consuming salads at McDonald’s restaurants.

    In a new report, 286 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis have been reported in 15 states after customers ate salads at the restaurant’s locations.

    Over 200 cases have now been reported in Illinois and Iowa alone, with 123 cases confirmed in Illinois.  

    The most common symptom of the illness is watery diarrhea. Other symptoms include appetite loss, intestinal pain, nausea, and fatigue.

    McDonald's released a statement regarding the outbreak, saying "McDonald's is committed to the highest standards of food safety and quality control." 

    Earlier this summer, McDonald’s removed the lettuce blend from 3,000 identified restaurants and distribution centers that had received it.

    Affected restaurants were located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Missouri.