Cyclospora lawyers at the national food safety law firm Pritzker Hageman have filed suit on behalf of an Illinois woman who was diagnosed with a Cyclospora infection after eating a salad at a McDonald’s restaurant. The lawsuit, stemming from the multi-state Cyclospora outbreak linked to salads sold at McDonald’s, was filed July 18, 2018 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (case number 2018L007378) by attorneys Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm.

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McDonald’s Cyclospora Lawsuit

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff regularly ordered the Southwest Chicken Salad, a McDonald’s menu item containing lettuce and other leafy greens, from the McDonald’s located at 400 E. Plaza Drive, Carterville, Illinois. On June 25, 2018, she began to feel sick, experiencing nausea, stomach pain, headache, and diarrhea, which are all symptoms of Cyclospora food poisoning or cyclosporiasis. A stool culture confirmed the infection.

Untreated, cyclosporiasis symptoms which include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, abdominal cramping, nausea, fatigue, fever, dehydration and weight loss, can last more than two months.

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Attorney Brendan Flaherty

“Cyclospora symptoms, including severe diarrhea, can last several months or longer,” said attorney Brendan Flaherty, a national food safety lawyer. “We are alleging that our client contracted Cyclospora infections from Southwestern Chicken Salad sold by a McDonald’s restaurant in Carterville, Illinois. We believe that this outbreak, including our client’s illness, could have and should have been prevented.”


McDonald’s Cyclospora Outbreak

The Illinois Department of Health (IDH) confirmed through laboratory testing that the plaintiff that is part of the Cyclospora outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads that have sickened at least 61 people in seven states: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Illinois has been hardest hit with 29 cases. Missouri has reported 16 cases, Iowa 7, Minnesota has reported 3 cases and Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin have each reported two cases.

Ryan Osterholm
Attorney Ryan Osterholm

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), McDonald’s is cooperating with federal health investigators and has voluntarily stopped selling salads at 3,000 locations in the following 14 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

To contact Brendan Flaherty or Ryan Osterholm about a Cyclospora lawsuit call 1(888) 377-8900 toll-free or use this online form to request a free consultation.

Cyclospora Outbreak
This is a photomicrograph of a fresh stool sample. It reveales the presence of three uniformly stained Cyclospora oocysts in the field of view.