November 2, 2015 — An outbreak of E. coli at six Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants has resulted in 43 restaurants being shut down in Oregon and Washington.
According to a statement from the Oregon Health Authority, three illnesses were reported in Portland and at least 19 cases were reported in Seattle.
The strain of E. coli produces Shiga toxin, which causes symptoms like bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting for 3-4 days.
Most people recover within a week, but some develop Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening disorder that occurs when toxins destroy red blood cells, resulting in a type of kidney failure.
According to the Oregon Health Authority:
“Health officials want people who have eaten at a Chipotle between October 14 and 23, and become ill with vomiting and bloody diarrhea, to see their health care provider and mention this outbreak.”
Chipotle had a rash of food poisoning outbreaks in August. At least 64 people were infected with Salmonella after eating at restaurants in Minnesota. Nine of those victims were hospitalized. Click here to read more.
Also in August, 80 customers and 18 employees at a Chipotle restaurant in Simi Valley, California were sickened with Norovirus. This highly-contagious virus typically causes food poisoning outbreaks when employees come to work with diarrhea and do not wash their hands after using the bathroom.
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