December 15, 2018

Summer of Cyclospora Outbreaks and Lawsuits: 400 Sick

This has been the summer of cyclospora outbreaks. As of today, July 26, 2018, at least 400 people have been sickened in outbreaks that are linked to two products: Del Monte Vegetable Trays and McDonald’s salads.

Cyclospora Outbreaks

In the Del Monte outbreak, those sickened live in four states. The case count by state is: Michigan (2), Iowa (7), Minnesota (56) and Wisconsin (172). Seven of those patients have been hospitalized because they are so ill. Del Monte recalled the vegetable trays that are linked to this outbreak on June 8, 2018. The trays were sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and have the “Best If Enjoyed By” date of June 17, 2018 or earlier.

Attorneys Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm

Attorneys Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm can be reached at 1-888-377-8900 or 612-338-0202.

Many lawsuits have been filed in that outbreak. Attorney Ryan Osterholm, who is representing many clients sickened after they ate the vegetable trays, said, “This is a huge outbreak and there could be more people who are sick. Doctors don’t routinely test for cyclospora infections in the U.S., especially in the upper Midwest.”

In the McDonald’s outbreak, most of those sickened also live in the upper Midwest. At least 163 people are sick in that outbreak in 10 states. Those patients live in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, and Florida.

McDonald’s stopped selling their salads in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Missouri on July 13, 2018. This is another outbreak that could continue growing for quite some time.

Lawsuits have also been filed in the McDonald’s cyclospora outbreak. Brendan Flaherty, who is representing clients sickened after eating McDonald’s salads, said, “Restaurants have a legal duty to sell food to their customers that won’t make them sick. Our clients have been suffering and have amassed medical bills through no fault of their own.”

The cyclospora parasite causes an intestinal illness that is characterized by explosive, frequent, and watery diarrhea. Patients may also suffer from headache, fever, abdominal cramps and pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, and fatigue. If you ate Del Monte Vegetable Trays or ordered a salad at McDonald’s, you may be part of these cyclospora outbreaks. See your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.

Bad Bug Law Team | Pritzker Law Firm

If you or a loved one have been sickened with a cyclospora infection after eating recalled Del Monte Vegetable trays or a salad at McDonald’s, please contact our experienced attorneys for help at 1-888-377-8900 or 6122-338-0202. You may be part of one of these cyclospora outbreaks.

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