November 2, 2015 — Chipotle has closed 43 restaurants in Seattle and Portland, Oregon after six of those restaurants were linked to nearly two dozen cases of E. coli.
As of October 31, there were three cases in Oregon and at least 19 cases in Washington, according to a statement from the Oregon Health Authority.
The Shiga toxin E. coli causes most people to develop watery and/or bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps within 3-4 ays. Most illnesses resolve on their own within 7 days.
In rare cases, E. coli infection Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a severe type of kidney failure that can occur as diarrhea is improving. HUS mostly affects children under five years old and the elderly.
The agency recommends:
“Health officials want people who have eaten at a Chipotle between October 14 and 23, and become ill with vomiting and bloody diarrhea, to see their health care provider and mention this outbreak.”
In August, tomatoes served at 22 Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella that sickened 64 people and hospitalized nine of them. Click here to read more.
That same month, an outbreak of Norovirus at a Chipotle restaurant in Simi Valley, California sickened about 80 customers and 18 employees. Health department investigators found that 7 out of 18 stool samples tested positive for Norovirus, a highly-contagious virus that spreads by the fecal-oral route of transmission.
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