Monday, November 23, 2015
More E. coli cases reported at Chipotle restaurants
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) on Friday downgraded the number of reported E. coli cases related to the recent outbreak at Chipotle Mexican Grill, but now says other cases have been reported -- in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, as well as in Ohio and California.
The number of cases now stands at 45, compared to the 50 originally suspected, for the number of people confirmed to have been infected by the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 026 (STEC 026).
Previous counts were limited to cases in Oregon and Washington state where 11 Chipotle restaurants were implicated. One reported case in Minnesota was found to involve a person believed to have traveled to the Pacific Northwest.
The CDCP said a common meal item or ingredient served at Chipotle is believed to be the source of the problem, but the agency had not yet identified it. Of the 45 cases, 16 people have been hospitalized. There have been no deaths reported.
Staff William M. Dowd at 3:13 PM