Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Now Affecting Six States

Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Now Affecting Six States
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E. coli outbreak related to Chipotle Mexican Grill has spread to six states. According to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three additional states have been infected.


Today, cases of e coli outbreak from Chipotle Mexican Grill are found both east and west coasts with 26 in Washington; 13 in Oregon; 2 each in California and Minnesota as well as 1 each in New York and Ohio. The CDC says there is epidemiologic evidence that suggests a common meal item or ingredient at the Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants across the said states is a possible source of the current outbreak.

Of the 45 people currently infected with Escherichia coli O26 (STEC O26), there have been 16 hospitalizations and no deaths so far. Moreover, there have also been no reports of hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure. Among the infected, 96 percent of those who have been interviewed said they had eaten at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant before becoming ill.

According to the CDC, people get sick from e. coli infection around 2 to 8 days after ingesting the contaminated food and drink. Symptoms of infection include diarrhea that is often bloody as well as abdominal cramps. Moreover, most people who get infected with e. coli are often able to recover within a week.

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In response to the situation, Chipotle says it is “taking significant steps” to ensure the safety of its food. In addition, the company is expanding testing of its key ingredients.