Chipotle Shuts Down 43 Restaurants After E. Coli Outbreak Hospitalizes Customers — See If Your Local Burrito Is Tainted!

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This is so scary!

Chipotle has closed 43 restaurants to ensure their customers’ health after nearly two dozen cases of E. coli were reportedly linked to the popular burrito chain!

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The famous Mexican grill decided to close restaurants to be sure that no future customers became ill, after several were hospitalized with symptoms eventually linked back to E. coli bacteria.

Thankfully no deaths have been reported.

The closed restaurants are all located in Oregon and Washington; company spokesperson Chris Arnold explained the decision to shut them down:

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers is always our highest priority. After being notified by health department officials in the Seattle and Portland, Oregon, areas that they were investigating approximately 20 cases of E. coli, including people who ate at six of our restaurants in those areas, 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. We are working with health department officials to determine the cause of this issue. We offer our deepest sympathies to those who have been affected by this situation.”

Epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist of the Washington State Department of Health gave instructions for those in the area who are feeling ill:

“Anyone who thinks they may have become ill from eating at a Chipotle restaurant in the past three weeks should consult their healthcare provider. The elderly and very young children are more likely to become severely ill from this kind of E. coli infection.”

For most people, E. coli strains are painful, but relatively harmless, and typically cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and sometimes respiratory illnesses. But, as Dr. Lindquist notes, the strains can be more pronounced in very young or very old people.

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Chipotle has yet to confirm a re-open date for their restaurants, as it will be based on the public health investigations occurring in both Washington and Oregon.

Hoping for the best for everyone affected!

[Image via Michael Wright/WENN.]

Nov 2, 2015 10:48am PDT

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