Cyclospora Outbreak at McDonalds
436 sick, 20 hospitalized due to parasitic illness linked to McDonald’s salads.
The CDC says 436 people have been diagnosed with a laboratory-confirmed intestinal illness linked to salads sold at McDonald’s. Health officials will likely report additional cases in the weeks to come because there is up to a six-week lag between when a person becomes sick with cyclophorias symptoms and when the infection is lab-confirmed.
Of the 436-sick people, 20 have had such severe symptoms that they have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported.
The illness can last a few days to a few months, and patients might feel better but then get worse again. cyclophorias can be treated with antibiotics.
Advice to consumers: Anyone who has eaten a McDonald’s salad and developed symptoms of cyclophorias should seek medical attention and tell their doctor.
Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite. They include diarrhea and frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, nausea, gas, and fatigue. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur.