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McDonald's temporarily closes after 22 customers report becoming ill

A McDonald's in Jamestown has temporarily closed as health officials investigate reports from 22 people who said they got sick after eating breakfast sandwiches.

The owner of the fast-food restaurant franchise at 2803 N. Main St. is following precautionary recommendations, according to the state and Chautauqua County health departments. Samples of the breakfast sandwiches have been sent to the state's public health laboratory in Albany for testing, authorities said Thursday. Preliminary testing has come back negative for food-borne diseases, but more tests is underway.

Individuals reported symptoms of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea between Aug. 4 and 21.

The owner is also conducting a thorough cleaning of the food preparation area and all equipment, reviewing the food preparation and distribution process and obtaining a fresh supply of ingredients.

Health officials ask anyone who may have visited the restaurant and experienced similar symptoms after Aug. 4 to call 716-753-4483 or email cchealth@co.chautauqua.ny.us.

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