Updated reporting: Fifty Illness Linked To Local McDonald's, Source Remains Unknown
UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: “We are working diligently with the State Health Department and McDonald’s representatives to conduct a thorough epidemiological investigation into these illnesses,” said Christine Schuyler, County Public Health Director. “There is currently no identified source of these illnesses and there is no evidence that the illness can be spread from person to person.”
According to the Chautauqua County Health Department, no other McDonald’s are being investigated
JAMESTOWN – The New York State Department of Health, working collaboratively with the Chautauqua County Health Department, is investigating reports of multiple illnesses potentially associated with the McDonald’s at 2803 N. Main Street Extension., according to an announcement Thursday.
WNYNewsNow’s Matt Hummel visited the location Thursday afternoon, and he witnessed various people cleaning the establishment both internally and externally. Crosby’s Convenience Store, which shares the building with McDonald’s, remains open to the public.
Twenty-two individuals reported common symptoms of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea from August 4-21. Through interviews conducted with 15 case patients, all individuals reportedly indicated they had eaten various breakfast sandwiches at the establishment. Additionally, patient samples as well as breakfast sandwiches prepared at the McDonald’s were sent to the Wadsworth Center, New York State’s Public Health Laboratory in Albany, for testing.
McDonald’s is fully cooperating with this investigation, according to the announcement, and is readily following all recommendations of the State and County Health Departments while this investigation continues.
The franchise owner is implementing the following precautionary action items: temporarily closing the establishment to conduct a thorough cleaning of the food preparation area and all equipment, reviewing the food preparation and distribution process in conjunction with County staff, obtaining a fresh supply of ingredients prior to restarting food production, and conducting a follow up meeting with the Chautauqua County Health Department to ensure all recommendations were appropriately met.
Any individual who may have visited the establishment and experienced vomiting and/or diarrhea shortly after eating there between August 4 to today can contact the Chautauqua County Health Department at 716-753-4483 or CCHEALTH@co.Chautauqua.ny.us.