Chipotle E. coli outbreak spreads to at least six more states so far. There have been cases of infections with the disease across New York, Oregon, Ohio, Washington, California and Minnesota. But Chipotle representatives have stated that there have been no reported new cases in Washington or Oregon since Chipotle started to put its remediation plan into effect.
- Cases of E. coli have been reported in 6 more states following the Chipotle outbreak that happened earlier.
- Some Chipotle restaurants have reopened since after a deep-cleaning and and inspection
- Cipotle stock shares have taken a hit because of the recent outbreaks and have dropped in the last months.
Representatives have explained that individuals reported eating at restaurants in Turlock, California, Akron, Ohio, Amherst, Ney York and Burnsville, Minnesota. They have stated that they are working with health officials very closely and that, so far, there have been no new reported cases of E. coli in Washington and Oregon.
So far, 45 people have reported feeling sick because of the disease and 16 have had to be hospitalized for treatment after having heated at Chipotle Medical GRILLS. These numbers hare part of a recently released report by the CDC, who is working with Chipotle to keep the situation under control and avoid complications.
The CDC representatives have also stated that so far the epidemiologic evidence available at the present moment would suggest that a common menu item or ingredient that was being served at Chipotle would more likely be the cause of the outbreak. The organization has announced that it will continue its investigation in order to identify the specific food that could have caused the illness.
Several Chipotle outlets have now been reopened for use after the locations had been sanitized and deep-cleaned and after all the food in stock was replaced. The company has also hired food safety consultants in order to help with the decision that the company had previously made, to change the food preparation protocol as well in order to decrease risks associated with it.
The reported cases of outbreaks in other states could have less to do with the outbreak itself but more with the same faulty food preparation practices and questionable ingredients that caused the problem in the first place for the Mexican restaurant.
What is great news so far is that none of the 45 people across these six states to have been diagnosed with the disease have died from renal failure. Doctors believe that kidney malfunctions are often associated with the disease.
The news is not that great for Chipotle, whose stock has already gone down by 11 percent because of concerns with the slow growth that the chain was showing. Now shares have been reported to drop to an 18 month low since the recent cases of E. coli linked to the restaurants.
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