Fifteen Iowans sickened after eating McDonald's salads

DES MOINES, Iowa-  The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is investigating an increase in Cyclospora infections that appear to be connected to  McDonald’s salads. 

The IDPH reports there have been 15- Iowans who ate McDonald's salads in late June to early July prior to getting ill.

State Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says anyone  who ate these salads since the middle of June and got sick, should see their health care provided and be tested.

McDonald's and involved federal partners continue to investigate to determine what further steps should be taken.

Cyclospora is a parasite commonly found in developing countries, but in the past several years, several outbreaks have occurred in the U.S., especially during the summer months. These outbreaks and illnesses often occur as a result of eating contaminated fresh produce. Symptoms of Cyclospora infection include:

  • Frequent watery diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Cramping, bloating, and/or increased gas
  • Nausea (vomiting is less common)
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever

The IDPH says it may take a week or more after consuming contaminated product for symptoms to begin.


(The Illinois Department of Public Health has noted a similar increase in cases associated with the product).

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