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Fast food giant McDonalds has joined the ranks of the companies sounding the sirens for foodborne illnesses.  If going to McDonalds and selecting that “healthier” option of a salad you could be at risk for a food and waterborne cyclospora catetanensis parasite sickening 163 people and hospitalizing three after consumption of McDonalds salads.  The restaurant had to completely halt sales of salads in their stores getting the lettuce for the salads from Fresh Express of Streamwood, Illinois.  The states that have had resultant illnesses include Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio. There are other states in which the McDonalds stores also receive products from Fresh Express, including Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia.  The latter four states simply had not yet had reported illnesses from their salads at the time of this writing.

Cyclosporiasis is the illness resulting from foods tainted by cyclospora, via fecal matter.  Symptoms of the illness includes stomach pain, stomach cramps, bloating, gas, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss.  It will not likely start until a week has passed since consumption of the contaminated food, but if untreated could last a long time and even relapse.  

If you or a loved one has been sickened with salmonella infection, contact your doctor immediately and do not hesitate to contact Inserra Kelley Sewell, Personal Injury Attorneys where our compassionate professionals can advise whether you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.             

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