McDonald's Salads Have Made Over 400 People Sick in 15 States

It's an intestinal parasite outbreak directly linked to the golden arches.

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Starting May 20, people started getting sick. As of today, August 10, there are a confirmed 436 cases of stomach illness from eating at McDonald's.

According to NBC New York, "The laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis have been reported in 15 states after customers ate salads at the restaurant’s locations."

What does cyclosporiasis do? The main symptom is watery diarrhea, but the parasite can also cause appetite loss, intestinal pain, nausea, and fatigue. Eating a salad is supposed to make you feel healthy and strong, not sick and tired.

If driving through the golden arches is a staple of your weekly lunch, you might want to steer clear. But maybe also avoid Chipotle, which continues to be in the the middle of massive PR issues regarding health and safety — and also Trader Joe's, whose salads are causing the same parasite as McDonald's.

Still really want a salad? Well, are these parasite salads in y0ur state? According to the CDC, affected restaurants are in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Missouri. Over 200 of the cases are in Illinois alone.

McDonald's has removed the lettuce, and therefore salads, from the affected locations. But maybe hit Taco Bell this week? Or go to Wendy's? This salad looks pretty bomb.

h/t NBC New York

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