McDonald's salads have sickened nearly 400 people

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McDonald's tainted salads sicken nearly 400 people in 15 states

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Nearly 400 people in 15 states have been sickened by a parasite infection linked to McDonald's salads, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The outbreak started in May. The FDA reported an additional 109 cases on Thursday.

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At least 16 people have been hospitalized due to the cyclospora parasite, which causes intestinal illness.

Symptoms of the illness include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and body aches.

The illness can last anywhere from several days to a few months and can be treated with antibiotics.

An unused package of Fresh Express salad mix, which is used to make McDonald's salads, tested positive for cyclospora, according to the FDA.

In July, McDonald's said it had removed the mix from impacted restaurants.

In a statement, Fresh Express said it issued a "precautionary recall" on July 27.

Click here for the latest from the FDA about this outbreak.