Chipotle closes 43 restaurants on the West Coast amid fears of E. Coli outbreak, Mexican worker shit in the food.

From: Tyler ([email protected])

SEATTLE – Chipotle has closed 43 of its restaurants in two
states, Washington and Orgeon, amid fears of an E. coli outbreak
that has affected a total of 22 people since Oct. 14.

Eight of them were hospitalized.

Three people in the Portland area and 19 people in Washington
became sick after eating at the Mexican food chain, the Oregon
Health Authority said.

"While the outbreak appears to be linked to food served at
Chipotle restaurants, the food or other source of contamination
hasn't yet been determined and remains under investigation," the
Washington Department of Health said in a statement.

Marisa D'Angeli, a medical epidemiologist with the Washington
State Department of Health, said Sunday that they expect the
numbers to jump on Monday. People who heard of the outbreak over
the weekend may have gone to the doctor and new cases will be
reported to the health department, she said.

D'Angeli also cautioned the outbreak may not be limited to
people who ate at Chipotle.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. spokesman Chris Arnold said the
safety and well-being of customers is always its highest

He said Chipotle was notified by health officials that they were
investigating E. coli cases that included people who became sick
after eating at six restaurants.

"We immediately closed all of our restaurants in the area out of
an abundance of caution, even though the vast majority of these
restaurants have no reported problems," Arnold said in a

Chipotle operates more than 1,700 restaurants in the U.S. and

Chipotle will work with health officials to determine when to
reopen the restaurants and to find the cause of the problem,
Arnold said.

Health officials in Washington said 17 of 19 of those who got
sick in the state ate at Chipotle. They said food at the
restaurants is likely the source of the infection but that no
individual food item has been identified. Food samples have been
collected and will be tested.

Jonathan Modie, a spokesman with the Oregon Health Authority,
said many people may not see a doctor after becoming ill, so the
number of people sickened in the outbreak is likely higher.
People who become sick with vomiting and bloody diarrhea, and
who ate at a Chipotle between Oct. 14 and 23 should see their
health care provider, officials said.

People have reported symptoms of infection in Clackamas and
Washington counties in Oregon, and Clark, King, Skagit and
Cowlitz counties in Washington, Modie said.

There are hundreds of E. coli and similar bacteria strains in
the intestines of humans. Most are harmless, but a few can cause
serious problems.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include diarrhea, abdominal
cramps, nausea and vomiting. Health officials say the best
defense against the bacterial illness is to thoroughly wash
hands with soap and water.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.;

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