November 20, 2015 — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that an outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill has spread to three more states.
California, Ohio, and New York reported illnesses with the outbreak strain of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O26.
The CDC said 45 people got food poisoning from the strain, including 43 who reported eating at Chipotle. Sixteen people were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Illnesses were reported in six states: California (2), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (13), and Washington (26).
Investigations suggest that a meal or ingredient served at Chipotle is the “likely source of the outbreak,” but they are not sure what specific food is making people sick.
Health officials originally identified E. coli O26 infections in people who had eaten at Chipotle restaurants near Seattle and Portland, Oregon in October. Chipotle temporarily closed 43 restaurants for deep-cleaning and reopened them last week.
The CDC recommends, “Consumers should contact a health care provider if they recently became ill with diarrheal symptoms after eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant.”
E. coli is a bacteria normally found in the intestines. Certain strains can cause infection and severe symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, fever, and more.
Most cases of E. coli infection improve without treatment in 5-10 days. However, some people develop a life-threatening type of kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
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