Is Another E. Coli Outbreak Looking To Infect Chipotle Again?

Is Another E. Coli Outbreak Looking To Infect Chipotle Again?
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There is another E. coli outbreak that seems to be infecting Chipotle Mexican Grill with another restaurant customer reported falling ill recently.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one person has been reported ill in Pennsylvania since CDC issued an update last December 4. Moreover, the said person did not reportedly eat at Chipotle Mexican Grill during the week before November, when the illness had started. 

As much as 53 people have reportedly been infected by an outbreak strain of STEC 026 bacteria after eating at a Chipotle restaurant. Majority of these cases were actually reported from Washington and Oregon back in October. However, there were also three cases in both California and Ohio; two each in Minnesota and Pennsylvania as well as one case each in New York, Maryland and Illinois.

Of the 53, 59% are female and as much as twenty or 38% had to be hospitalized. As of today, 52 of the 53 people infected have already been interviewed and 46 of them have said they ate a Chipotle restaurant. At the same time, there were five people among the infected that were found to have a different and rare DNA fingerprint of the STEC 026 bacteria. These were found in three people in Oklahoma as well as one person in North Dakota and Kansas.

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As of the moment, both state and local public health officials are still working hard to try to identify the common ingredient or meal item at Chipotle that has been causing the illness.