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McDonald's salads linked to intestinal illness in Wisconsin

Posted at 3:01 PM, Jul 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 16:02:08-04

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services confirmed with TODAY’S TMJ4 that McDonald’s salads have been connected to intestinal illness. 

The DHS says two cases of cyclosporiasis are linked to the patients eating the salads. 

Almost 100 cases of intestinal illness have been linked to McDonald’s salads just south of our border in Illinois. 

According to NBC5 Chicago, about 90 cases of cyclosporiasis have been reported since mid-May. The illness is caused by a microscopic Cyclospora parasite. 

“The initial investigation indicates a link to consumption of McDonald’s salads produced for McDonald’s restaurants,” officials said in a statement Thursday. “Approximately one-fourth of Illinois cases reported eating salads from McDonald’s in the days before they became ill.”

Similar reports of intestinal illness are being reported in Iowa. 

“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,” IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. told NBC5. “If you ate a salad from McDonald’s since mid-May and developed diarrhea and fatigue, contact a health care provider about testing and treatment.”

The DHS says they will continue to investigate and interview patients about what they ate.