Lawyers investigating the McDonald’s Cyclospora outbreak, which has now sickened 436 people (this number climbed to 507 on August 23, 2018), say before they decided to sue, many clients endured weeks of debilitating symptoms. At least 20 (24 as of August 23, 2018) people have been hospitalized.

“Cyclospora symptoms, including severe diarrhea, can last several months or longer,” said attorney Brendan Flaherty, a lawyer with the national food safety law firm Pritzker Hageman representing clients in this outbreak. “We believe that this outbreak could have and should have been prevented.”

Attorney Brendan Flaherty
Attorney Brendan Flaherty

Symptoms of a Cyclospora Infection

Cyclospora is a parasite native to sub-tropical climates. Symptoms of a Cyclospora infection, called cyclosporiasis, include profuse, explosive diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, headache, fatigue, weight loss and other flu-like symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They take about two weeks after exposure to develop and can last for more than two months.

McDonald’s Fresh Express Salad Cyclospora Outbreak

The CDC announced the Cyclospora outbreak linked to Fresh Express salads sold at McDonald’s on July 13 with the first reported onset-of-illness occurring on or around May 20, 2018.  Some of those who ate contaminated Fresh Express salads served at McDonald’s have said the diarrhea was so debilitating they could not leave their homes.

As of August 9, 2018, 436 illnesses had been reported from 15 states. The case count by state is as follows: CT 1, FL 1, IA 95, IL 219, IN 3, KY 8, MI 2, MN 9, MO 52, NE 5, OH 15, SD 14, TN 1, VA 1, WI 10. The CT, TN and VA patients purchased their salads while traveling in IL. The FL patient purchased a McDonald’s salad while traveling in KY.

The case-patients range in age from 14 to 91 years old. Two-thirds of them are female.

Here are the updated numbers from the CDC published on August 23, 2018:

Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Iowa (99), Illinois (273), Indiana (9), Kentucky (8), Michigan (2), Minnesota (11), Missouri (52), Nebraska (5), New York (1 from New York City), Ohio (15), South Dakota (18), Tennessee (1), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (10).

Pritzker Hageman Cyclospora Lawyers

The Cyclospora lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have won millions of dollars for people sickened by contaminated food. They have filed lawsuits against Del Monte, Taylor Farms, Darden Corporation, which is the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster, and other food companies and restaurants. They have also filed lawsuits in this outbreak. Contact them for a free consultation about your case.

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