April 21, 2024

Chipotle E. coli Outbreak Includes Akron Area Preschoolers

Chipotle Mexican GrillThe Chipotle E. coli outbreak includes three people from the Akron area- siblings ages 2 and 3 and a 25-year-old man, according to WKRC. It is not known what the three of them ate before they became ill, but their answers to that question could help investigators solve the outbreak which has sickened 52 people in nine states.

Six weeks in to the investigation, health investigators have not yet determined the food source. Hundreds of tests have been conducted but none has produced the result that could identify the source of contamination.

The illnesses were reported from the following states:  California (3), Illinois (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (13), Pennsylvania (1), and Washington (27).

During interviews with health officials, case patients, who range in age from 1 to 94, reported onset of illness dates ranging from October 19 to November 13.  All but five of them reported eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill before they became ill.

According to a lawsuit filed by the national food safety law firm Pritzker Hageman on behalf of Washington woman, one of the ingredients in a burrito bowl was the source of illness. She ordered the meal from a Vancouver location on October 21 and began experiencing symptoms of an E. coli infection, including abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea about three days later

Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal  cramps, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea. Vomiting and  a fever of less than 101˚F. Symptoms usually develop one to three days after exposure and last about a week. Those at highest risk include children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems.



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