June 19, 2018

McDonald’s Worker in Berea, Kentucky Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

The Madison County Health Department in Kentucky is investigating a single case of hepatitis A in a food worker who worked while infectious at the McDonald's restaurant on Glades Road in Berea, Kentucky. Anyone who ate there on March 23, 2018 should contact their doctor about this issue. Unfortunately, it's too late for anyone to get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination, since they are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. It's been three weeks, or 21 days, since the possible exposure. People may already be sick, and could still get sick for the next month, since the illness manifests two weeks to 50 days after exposure to the virus. McDonald's is cooperating with state and local health officials. The risk to patrons is low, but this virus is extremely … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Illinois Sickens 12

A Salmonella outbreak in Bloomington, IL has sickened 12 people, some of whom became ill after eating at McDonald’s, according to the McLean County Health Department (MCHD). Health authorities have ruled out food as a source of the outbreak and suspect that illness was transmitted by restaurant employees who showed up for work sick. The McDonald’s restaurant on South Main Street in Bloomington, which voluntarily closed during the investigation, tested its 60 employees for the outbreak strain Salmonella Stanley. All samples collected from surface-testing in the establishment were free of Salmonella. The restaurant is reopening with condensed hours and staffed with employees who test results are clear. Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe illness if ingested. Symptoms of … [Read more...]

Lab Tests On 60 McDonald’s Employees In Salmonella Outbreak

The owners of the McDonald's franchise in Bloomington, Ill. that has been linked to a Salmonella outbreak are paying for lab testing on 60 employees and the wages of all employees scheduled to work while the restaurant remains closed during the investigation,  a spokeswoman for the McLean County Health Department told Food Poisoning Bulletin. During their investigation, health officials found no contamination on food or environmental surfaces, but were able to determine from interviews that the source of the outbreak could have come from an employee or employees who worked their shifts while they were sick, she said. Each employee had to submit two stool samples for testing, results of 120 tests should be available by the middle of next week. Testing is being performed by McDonald's … [Read more...]

Salmonella Stanley Outbreak Closes McDonald’s in McLean County Illinois

The McDonald's restaurant on South Main Street in Bloomington Illinois has closed voluntarily because of a link with a Salmonella Stanley outbreak in McLean County.  The outbreak is also linked to other restaurants in central Illinois. The McLean County Health Department reports that human transmission may be the source of the bacteria rather than a specific food or foods. There is a confirmed link between one outbreak case and the McDonald's in question.  Public health officials are waiting for more lab results before they proceed with the investigation. The Illinois Department of Public Health is also investigating the outbreak. Patrons of restaurants reported becoming ill from October 18 to November 11, 2012. The employees of the McDonald's restaurant are being tested to see if … [Read more...]

McOutbreak: Salmonella Cases Linked To Illinois McDonald’s

A cluster of Salmonella cases have been linked to a variety of restaurants in Bloomington, Ill. including a McDonald's franchise, according to the McLean County Health Department. County and state officials are investigating a "small number" of cases of salmonellosis in people who reported eating at restaurants in central Illinois from October  18 through November 11. "The McDonalds on South Main Street in Bloomington was found to have a suspected connection to the salmonella cases," the county health department said in a statement. The franchise owners have voluntarily closed the restaurant while the investigation takes place.  "No substantial information was discovered to connect the establishment with the cluster of illnesses until over the holiday weekend. It is still early in the … [Read more...]

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