As of July 26, the CDC reports a total of 286 individuals in 15 states have been infected with a parasite called Cyclospora. Cyclospora cayetanensis is a protozoan that causes disease in humans. Although persons living or traveling in poorly developed areas in the tropics are typically those at risk for the parasite, recently several fresh fruits and vegetables have been the culprit for spreading the disease domestically. So far, there have been 11 hospitalizations, but no deaths yet associated with this outbreak. While the source of the outbreak has yet to be determined, the US Food and Drug Administration has linked the proliferation to McDonald’s salads. On July 13, McDonald’s said it was removing its lettuce blend from the approximately 3,000 locations in 1 states as a precaution.
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What are Common Signs of Cyclospora Infection?
Once someone ingests food or water contaminated by the parasite, the symptoms of infection often do not materialize until about a week later, in some cases up to two weeks. Symptoms may include:
- Watery diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Abdominal bloating and cramping
- Low-grade fever
How is Cyclospora Treated?
Most people who have healthy immune systems will recover without treatment. If not treated, the illness may last for a few days to a month or longer. Symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or more times (relapse). People who are in poor health or who have weakened immune systems may be at higher risk for severe or prolonged illness. Individuals should consult a healthcare specialist for medication.
I think I Have been Affected By The McDonald’s Cyclospora Outbreak. What should I do?
If you have eaten at McDonald’s in the affected states recently and develop symptoms, you should consult a healthcare provider to discuss testing and treatment options. Additionally, individuals affected by this parasite may be entitled to compensation, as the illness may create an undue burden on individuals.
If you or your family member became ill with Cyclospora after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact Lemberg Law. Complete our form for a FREE case evaluation, or call 475-277-2200 NOW. You may be entitled to compensation for damages, suffering, and lost wages as a result of food poisoning.