Several Kentuckians affected by parasitic illness linked to McDonald's salad

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Food and Drug Administration says more than 400 people are affected by a parasitic illness linked to salad mix served at McDonald's.

Health officials have 436 lab-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infections stemming from the salads. The first cases were reported in July.

The Cyclospora parasite affects people when they ingest contaminated food or water. The most common symptom is diarrhea with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss and stomach pain.

The Centers For Disease Control reports at least seven people became infected with Cyclospora after eating a McDonald's salad in Kentucky. One of those people was a Florida resident who was visiting the state.

The number of cases is much higher in Illinois and Iowa, as those states have reported 219 and 95 cases, respectively.

The disease is difficult to transmit person-to-person.

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