The number of people affected by an outbreak of disease caused by tainted McDonald's salad has now grown to 395, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. "The investigation is ongoing, and FDA is working to determine the sources of the ingredients that were in common to the salads served at McDonald's", the CDC said in an outbreak update posted on its website Thursday.
To date, 15 states are involved in these cases of illness: Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. Patients in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Virginia bought their contaminated salads in IL while traveling.
The FDA said the investigation into the outbreak is ongoing, and that the agency "is now reviewing distribution and supplier information for romaine and carrots". It can take people up to a week after ingesting the contaminated food to start feeling symptoms, and many cyclospora infections take weeks to manifest.
Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and body aches. Fresh Express reported that the positive sample of salads containing romaine lettuce was not for direct retail sale as they have expired already and the carrots used in the salad mix were only distributed to McDonald's restaurants. In a statement, Fresh Express says it issued a "precautionary recall" on July 27.
Pre-made salads and wraps sold at McDonald's locations were affected with Cyclospora.
According to a statement from the US Food and Drug Administration, 109 cases of cyclospora infection have been added to the numbers tallied since May.
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