Health officials across the United States are investigating an increase in Cyclospora cases reported in a multistate outbreak which has been linked back to salads sold at McDonald's locations throughout the country.
The most recent case counts reveal that there have been 476 confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis related to this outbreak spanning 15 states; the majority of cases, or 246, have been reported in Illinois.
As of August 16, 2018, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that all illnesses associated with the Cyclospora outbreak started on or after May 20, with the median illness onset date of June 29. The cases have been confirmed in individuals between the ages of 14 and 91; the median age of those infected is 53. Additionally, the CDC reports that 66% of those affected in the outbreak are female. There have been 21 hospitalizations, but no deaths have been reported at this time. Illnesses that began after July 5, 2018, may not be reported or confirmed yet.