As of February 1, 2021, a total of 16 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported from 5 states.
Illnesses started on dates ranging from December 23, 2020, to January 7, 2021.
Sick people range in age from 10 to 95 years, with a median age of 31, and 88% are female. Of 12 people with information available, 9 have been hospitalized. Of 11 people with information, 3 developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). One death has been reported from Washington.
State and local public health officials are interviewing people to find out what foods they ate in the week before they got sick.
This made April Gilmour, a 24-year-old from Kilmarnock, felt nauseous as she discovers short, dark hairs littered in the sandwich which includes the egg and sausage. She had been astonish to discover it after ingesting already half of her breakfast snack down
On her disappointments, the mum-of-two spontaneously announced the grubby treat on social media.
The beautician then wrote on Facebook: “This was my sausage and egg McMuffin from McDonald’s in Kilmarnock this morning. I had eaten half of it and opened it up to put more sauce on and noticed it was full of hair shavings. Disgusting!
“The manager told me they will operate a clean shave policy – well clearly some wee rage has shaved all over their uniform and it’s falling into my breakfast.”
“It’s obviously an accident but I can still feel the sick in my stomach thinking about it.”
The spokesman of McDonald’s said: “Food safety is our highest priority and both our restaurants and our suppliers place enormous prominence on food hygiene and following accurate standards in order to evade imperfections in our foodstuffs.
“We have launched an investigation following the reporting of this incident.”
A policeman in Evesham, Pennsylvania who found body hair in his bagel sandwich last year has sued the deli where he bought it and the cook who admitted sabotaging it as payback for a previous run-in with the officer.
Jeremy Merck, 30, a six-year veteran of the department, alleged in the suit that Good Foods to Go was negligent for failing to keep its premises safe and for failing to properly examine the sandwich that Ryan J. Burke served him on Feb. 20, 2010.
Burke confessed to police on the day of the incident that he put hair from his chest and pubic area in Merck’s egg, turkey, and cheese sandwich in retaliation for a 2009 traffic arrest by the officer, according to records.
The New Jersey State Police lab found the hairs contained Burke’s DNA.
Mount Holly attorney Bruce Zamost, who represents Merck, said customers are protected by a state law that makes restaurants liable for serving contaminated food.
Mark R. Sander, an attorney for Good Foods, said Wednesday the eatery was not responsible for Burke’s action.
"Ryan Burke was a 27-year-old man who acted outside the scope of his employment," Sander said.
Burke was fired immediately after he was arrested and Merck and others in the Police Department continued to patronize Good Foods, Sander added.