Hundreds of people were infected with Salmonella, Norovirus, and E. coli in three separate food poisoning outbreaks at Chipotle restaurants in 2015.
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CDC Investigates Another E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Chipotle
December 21, 2015 — The CDC is investigating another outbreak of E. coli at Chipotle restaurants. Five illnesses were reported in Kansas (1), North Dakota (1), and Oklahoma (3). The illnesses began from November 18-26. All five victims reported eating at Chipotle in the week before getting sick. Click here to read more.
Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak
An outbreak of E. Coli at Chipotle has sickened at least 52 people in nine states.
On December 4, 2015, the CDC released the following case counts: California (3), Illinois (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (13), Pennsylvania (1), and Washington state (27).
No ingredient or meal at Chipotle has been blamed for the outbreak, but 43 (96%) of 45 sick people who were interviewed reported eating at Chipotle in the week before getting sick. At least three people have filed lawsuits in Washington and Oregon.
The outbreak strain has been identified as E. Coli O26, a Shiga-toxin producing bacteria. Investigators using whole genome sequencing have identified 10 cases in Washington and Minnesota that were highly-related genetically to one another.
Salmonella Outbreak at Chipotle Restaurants in Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that tomatoes are the source of a Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened 64 people who ate at Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota between August 19 and September 3, 2015.. Nine people were hospitalized; all are recovering. At least four victims filed lawsuits seeking compensation for their illness.
Most people infected with Salmonella get better without treatment within 4-7 days. In rare cases, the infection spreads to the bloodstream and causes life-threatening complications — especially for young children, older adults, and people with vulnerable immune systems.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Possible nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite
Norovirus Outbreak at Chipotle Restaurants in California
In August 2015, about 80 customers and 18 employees were infected with Norovirus at a Chipotle restaurant located in Simi Valley, California. According to a report (PDF) by the Ventura County Environmental Health Division:
“Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed (acute gastroenteritis). This leads to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.”
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