The outbreak of E. coli that originated in the Pacific Northwest has now spread to the south and east of the United States and has currently infected people in six more states.
New cases have been reported in California, New York and Ohio according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The first cases of the outbreak were reported last month in Oregon, Washington and Minnesota.
It is not known what specific ingredient is linked to the illness.
To date, 45 people have been infected. 43 people have said that they ate at Chipotle the week before getting sick. The CDC stated that it is aware of illnesses starting on dates ranging from October 19 to November 8.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has closed 43 restaurants in Oregon and Washington in late October. Those restaurants have since been reopened.
In response to the current outbreak, Chipotle spokesman, Chris Arnold said that “[Chipotle does] not believe that is necessary to close any restaurants.” He stated that the company has taken measures including deep cleaning in restaurants, replacing ingredients and providing supply chain data to investigators.
Chipotle reported that affected individuals ate at two restaurants in Turlock, California; one restaurant in Akron, Ohio; one in Amherst, New York and one in Burnsville, Minnesota. It is not known if any Chipotle employees have fallen ill.
Bill Marler, a Seattle attorney representing those who have been sickened said that the spread of the infection will make it easier to determine the source of it. He continued, stating, “What they’re really focusing on right now is the supply chain. What’s the common denominator? Who supplied what product to these stores?”
Sixteen people have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths.
Update – 12/4/15
CNN reports that the E. coli outbreak at Chipotle is now linked to nine states.
US States Affected By Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak:
– New York