By James Carter
D.C.) – The Centers For Disease Control
that 163 people in 10 states have now
a result of a
of cyclosporiasis illnesses likely linked with salads from
McDonald’s restaurants. There
have been 3 hospitalizations and no deaths.
number of illnesses represents a
sharp spike upward since July 14 when the agency reported
people in 7 states had become ill, with
hospitalizations and no deaths.
FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating the
outbreak ans is working with McDonald’s to identify the
common ingredients in the salads identified by those who became sick
and to trace back those ingredients through the supply chain.
of July 13, 2018, McDonald’s has decided to voluntarily stop
selling salads at impacted restaurants in IL, IA, IN, WI, MI, OH, MN,
NE, SD, MT, ND, KY, WV, and MO until they are able to switch to
another salad supplier. More information can be found in McDonald’s
who have symptoms of cyclosporiasis should contact their health care
provider to report their symptoms and receive care. Most people
infected with Cyclospora develop
diarrhea, with frequent, “sometimes explosive, bowel
common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach
cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting,
body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be
people who are infected with Cyclospora do
not have any symptoms. If not treated, the illness may last from a
few days to a month or longer. Symptoms may seem to go away and then
return one or more times (relapse).
this time, the CDC and FDA says the agencies
not have evidence to suggest that this cluster of illnesses is
related to the ongoing Cyclospora
outbreak linked to Del Monte vegetable trays.
that outbreak, the same agencies are
several Cyclospora illnesses
associated with recalled
Del Monte 6oz
and 12oz vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots
and dill dip that were sold by Kwik Trip/Kwik Star locations in IA,
IN, MI, MN, and WI.
Del Monte is recalling “small veggie trays,” which are
28oz and include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery and dill dip
that were distributed to Illinois and Indiana.
of July 19th
laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in persons from IA, MN,
WI and MI who reportedly consumed the vegetable trays. Seven of these
people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.
two cases from Michigan reportedly purchased the vegetable tray in
Wisconsin and therefore Michigan is not impacted from this outbreak.
Monte withdrew their 6oz and 12oz vegetable trays from retail market
locations, and they are not currently available for purchase.
FDA has not identified which of the ingredients is the vehicle
for this outbreak; each component of these vegetable trays is under
consideration. FDA is currently reviewing distribution and supplier
information related to the vegetable trays; the investigation is
ongoing,” said a statement on the agency’s website.