McDonald's salads were associated with 163 "laboratory-proven" cases of cyclosporiasis in 10 US states, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Food poisoning was reported in Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to the CDC case-counting map, and the majority of diseases were found in Illinois and Iowa. Three people were hospitalized and no deaths were reported.
Cycolspora is a single-celled parasite that causes a bowel disease called cyclosporiasis. It takes about a week of exposure for the symptoms to appear, and while some people have no symptoms, others have "watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements," explains the CDC. Gas, nausea, stomach cramps and loss of appetite are also associated with cyclosporiasis, and some who are infected experience flu-like symptoms. Symptoms can last from a few days to a month, and patients should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor.
Cyclosporiasis is contracted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with fecal matter. "Cyclospora takes time (usually at least 1
, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin. And the fast food chain is cooperating with investigations conducted by the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and local authorities.
"The health and safety of our customers and the people who work at McDonald's restaurants is our top priority." McDonald's said in a statement. "The additional conditions identified by the FDA and CDC are among the same states in which we proactively decided a week ago to remove our salad mix in affected restaurants and replace it with another provider."
The CDC recommends consulting a doctor If you've already had a salad at McDonald's in the affected states in mid-May
Another outbreak of cyclosporiasis has been linked to Del Monte vegetable trays, but the FDA says there is no evidence that the two are related