In recent days, McDonald’s customers have been concerned over the 100+ illness reports resulting from people eating at the fast food restaurant. As previously reported, a parasite contaminated the lettuce in McDonald’s salads causing more than 100 cases of cyclosporiasis.
As the popular American fast food joint works with the FDA to control the health problem, the outbreak has, unfortunately, intensified. According to CNN, latest reports from Thursday, July 19th stated that the number of cases spiked to 163.
At least three of those 163 cases include hospitalizations. Fortunately, no illnesses have been reported to cause severe harm or death as of Friday morning, July 20th.
People can only become infected with Cyclospora by ingesting contaminated food or water. Symptoms of the disease include diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, and low-grade fevers. Typically, the disease is not life-threatening and symptoms last for roughly one week, according to CDC's website.
"McDonald's is committed to the highest standards of food safety and quality control. We are closely monitoring the situation and cooperating with the state and federal public health authorities as they further investigate," the company said in a statement.
McDonald’s halted sales of salads in 14 states, 10 of which were directly affected by the outbreak, to try and prevent any more illnesses. The states include Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia and Missouri.
Watch the USA Today video below for more information regarding lettuce being the source of multiple outbreaks:
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