Health officials are investigating at least 22 E. coli illnesses allegedly caused by health or food problems at Chipotle Grill in Washington and Oregon. As a result, Chipotle Grill has reportedly closed 43 restaurants in the affected areas pending this investigation.
It was further reported that about one-third of the E. coli victims were hospitalized, and fortunately no deaths have been reported. Symptoms may include feeling very ill with vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria, is the most common in food-borne outbreaks, and it is believed that many people affected with Shiga toxin E. coli may not seek health care. As a result the number of people made ill by this E. coli outbreak is likely more than already identified, Health Department officials have requested that any persons who have eaten at a Chipotle between October 14, 2015 and October 23, 2015, who became ill, including with vomiting and bloody diarrhea, should immediately see their health-care provider and inform their health care provider about this outbreak.