Illinois & Iowa Cyclosporiasis Warning [US]

US FlagUS/Springfield: Logo - Illinois Department of Public Health ("IDPH")The Illinois Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) reports that it has received confirmation of approximately 90 cases of Cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite, all serious health hazards. The Iowa Department of Health has noted a similar increase in cases.


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The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the initial investigation indicated a link to consumption of McDonald’s Salads produced at certain McDonald’s restaurants.

Follow-up investigation, however, has found that only about 25% of Illinois cases reported eating Salads from McDonald’s in the days before they became ill.

“Although a link has been made to Salads sold in McDonald’s restaurants in some Illinois cases, public health officials continue to investigate other sources,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD. “If you ate a salad from McDonald’s since mid-May and developed Diarrhea and Fatigue, contact a health care provider about Cyclosporiasis testing and treatment.”

Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis usually begin about a week after exposure, although some people who are infected may not have any. Symptoms may include the following:

  • Frequent bouts of watery diarrhea (the most common symptom)
  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Cramping, bloating, and/or increased intestinal gas
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting (less common that Nausea)
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever

Cyclospora infection can be treated with specific antibiotics. If not treated, however, the illness may last for a few days to a month or even longer. If you think you might be infected with Cyclospora, please consult with your physician, hospital emergency department, clinic or other qualified healthcare provider on an urgent basis.

If you believe you have purchased or have in your possession any of the recalled Salads, please do not consume them directly nor use them as an ingredient in another dish or preparation. Instead, return the salad to the store where you purchased it for a full refund.

This is a developing investigation that will be updated as new information becomes available.


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