Health officials in Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota all report they now have cases of people infected by the Cyclospora parasite that they believe came from having eaten lettuce in salads at McDonald’s. But the numbers, so far, are limited. Each of the states has two cases, except for Missouri, which has seven, and Minnesota, which has three.
The new states join Iowa and McDonald’s home state of Illinois – the chain is based in Chicago – who reported their outbreaks Thursday. So far, there are 16 cases in Iowa and 29 in Illinois.
McDonald’s said that until it can switch to another lettuce-blend supplier, the company was voluntarily halting sales of salads “out of an abundance of caution” at distribution centers and an estimated 3,000 restaurants. They’re primarily in the Midwest — the seven impacted states along with Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio and West Virginia.
Officials in Indiana, Michigan, Montana and West Virginia said they have no reported cases of cyclosporiasis related to the McDonald’s salads. Public-health officials in the other four states couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
McDonald’s stock closed at $158.51, down 61 cents or 0.38%, on Friday.