People are continuing to get sick from a nasty parasitic infection the CDC has linked to McDonald's salads, UPI reports. The number of people hit with the Cyclospora parasite rose to 436 this week, up from 395 last week, with cases clustering in the Midwest (Illinois especially) and spreading across 15 states. Twenty or more people have been hospitalized with symptoms including nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, bloating, and flu-like reactions, but no fatalities so far. "Epidemiologic evidence indicates that salads purchased from McDonald’s restaurants are one likely source of these infections," said the CDC in an outbreak update Thursday.
Seems the infected salad fixings came from the Fresh Express processor in Streamwood, Illinois, in the form of romaine lettuce and carrots. The carrots went only to McDonald's locations, while the romaine was also shipped elsewhere and ended up in wraps and pre-made salads by Caito Foods. The feds advise people to watch out for Caito products with "Sell by" or "Best by" dates from July 18 to July 23, 2018 (see sample product labels here). Anyone who develops diarrhea after eating any of the above is advised to see a healthcare provider right away and get tested for Cyclospora. (Read more infection stories.)