Chipotle Closes 43 Stores Due To Violent, Bloody Diarrhea
Chipotle has closed at least 43 stores in Oregon and Washington after at least 22 people ended up with symptoms of E. coli. Infections can cause severe stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea which is often bloody.
Chipotle has temporarily closed dozens of its restaurants in Washington and Oregon out of an abundance of caution after an E. coli scare.
No one has died in the reported cases of infection, the Washington State Department of Health said. Seven of the Washington patients and one Oregon patient were hospitalized.
The source of contamination has yet to be exactly determined, the department said, but 19 cases in Washington and three cases in Oregon have been linked to a handful of locations of the Mexican-themed restaurant chain.
“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,” said Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold in a statement. Chipotle is working with health departments to help determine the cause of the cases.
Perhaps this is a sign that we should be making Chipotle guacamole at home!