( CNN) Federal health officials reported Thursday an additional 109 cases of cyclospora infection in an ongoing outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads that began in May.
The total number of laboratory-confirmed illnesses from this outbreak is now 395, according to a statement from the US Food and Drug Administration. At least 16 of the sick people have been hospitalized.
The cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness in people who ingested contaminated food or water. Symptoms can begin a week or more after devouring the parasite. They include diarrhea and frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movement, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those who are infected might also experience loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, nausea, gas and wearines. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur.