Lawsuit Filed in Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak
A lawsuit has been fled as Chipotle locations in Washington and Oregon close due to E. coli outbreaks. This is the third time in the history of the Mexican food restaurant that a foodborne illness has sickened its customers.
Details of the Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak
The company voluntarily closed down 43 its locations although only 6 were allegedly origins of the bacteria, several news stations reported.
Chris Arnold, Chipotle spokesman said that the company is not planning to close any other restaurants in other states, as there is no link to similar outbreaks.
Reopening the restaurants will depend on the current investigation, Arnold said.
Approximately 24 people have reported becoming sick just this year. E. coli has affected at least three people in the Portland area and 19 in western Washington as of Friday.
Eight victims have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Of those reported being sick, ages range from 11 to 61 years old. Little is known about the condition of the patients.
Future of Outbreak Uncertain
Many more people are being tested for E. coli in Washington State, and health officials are constantly looking for new cases, Dr. Scott Lindquist, state epidemiologist for communicable diseases for the Washington State Department of Health said.
Lindquist expects that the outbreak will cease, and is not certain that all those infected were customers of Chipotle.
On Tuesday, a woman from Washington sued the company alleging the E. coli she contracted came from a burrito bowl in a Chipotle restaurant in Vancouver.
Tomatoes from a Chipotle in Minnesota were the link to a salmonella outbreak that sickened several people. Similarly, a Chipotle in California was said to be the cause of a norovirus that sickened roughly 100 customers and employees.