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CDC Investigates Another Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak

CDC Investigates Another Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak

December 21, 2015 — Just as one E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle appears to be winding down, the Centers for Disease (CDC) has opened an investigation into another outbreak that has sickened five people in three states.

The more recent outbreak has infected people in Kansas (1), North Dakota (1), and Oklahoma (3). Investigators say all of the victims reported eating at Chipotle before getting sick. The illnesses occurred between November 18-26.

They were all diagnosed with a different strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O26 than the other outbreak, which has sickened at least 53 people in nine states. That outbreak peaked in October, with the most recent illness reported on November 10.

Chipotle has faced a number of food poisoning outbreaks this year. Earlier this month, at least 140 people in Boston — mostly college students — were sickened with Norovirus. The first lawsuits were filed last week, the Boston Globe reports.

In September, another outbreak of Norovirus sickened about 80 customers and 18 employees at a Chipotle restaurant located in Simi Valley, California, according to the Los Angeles Times. Just weeks earlier, tomatoes were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella that sickened 60 people who ate at Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota.

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