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80 Iowa illnesses now linked to tainted McDonald's salads

Outbreak reported in 15 states.

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 4:32 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa – The state’s Department of Public Health says 80 cases of Cyclospora have now been linked to salads sold at Iowa McDonald’s.

There have been 395 illnesses in 15 states from this outbreak so far, with 16 people being hospitalized. A Food and Drug Administration analysis of an unused package of romaine lettuce and carrot mix distributed to McDonald’s by Fresh Express in Streamwood, Illinois, has confirmed the presence of Cyclospora.

The Iowa Department of Public Health first warned people about this danger on July 12.

Symptoms of Cyclospora infection include:
• Frequent watery diarrhea
• Loss of appetite and weight
• Cramping, bloating and/or increased gas
• Nausea (vomiting is less common)
• Fatigue
• Low-grade fever

It may take a week or more for symptoms to show up after consuming contaminated food.

Besides the outbreak connected to McDonald’s salads, there have been another 96 cases of Cyclospora infection in Iowa so far this year.

The investigation is continuing.

Map of Cyclospora infections linked to McDonald's salads

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