• Chipotle-Linked E. Coli Outbreak: 'Jump in Cases' Expected, Mexican shi

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    SEATTLE Health officials expect the number of people sickened
    by an E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in
    Washington state and Oregon to grow while they investigate the
    cause of the infection.

    As of Friday, three people in the Portland area and 19 people in
    western Washington had become sick from E. coli. Seventeen of
    them had eaten at a Chipotle restaurant during the past few
    weeks.

    Eight people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been
    reported.

    After people started hearing about the outbreak, more people
    will probably go to the doctor and join the list of potential
    cases, said Marisa D'Angeli, medical epidemiologist with the
    Washington State Department of Health.

    "We actually would expect there might be a jump in cases on
    Monday," she said.

    D'Angeli encouraged anyone who has been sick with intestinal
    symptoms and has eaten at Chipotle since mid-October, to go see
    their doctor and get tested. She also said anyone with bloody
    diarrhea should go to the doctor whether they have eaten at
    Chipotle or not.

    "We're very early in the investigation," D'Angeli said. It's
    possible their investigation will find that the E. coli came
    from a fresh food product delivered to Chipotle restaurants and
    other places

    Everyone who comes forward helps in providing extra clues that
    could help identify the source of the infection, she said.

    The investigation started with talking to everyone diagnosed
    with E. coli and finding out what they ate and where. Test
    samples from those individuals will go to state labs in
    Washington and Oregon.

    Then samples of food from the restaurants will be tested at a
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration laboratory to see if bacteria
    from the food matches the human cases.

    D'Angeli noted that Chipotle has been cooperative and
    voluntarily shut down all its restaurants in the two states.

    The reopening of the 43 Chipotle restaurants in Oregon and
    Washington will be dictated by the investigation, said company
    spokesman Chris Arnold. "Right now, that is the priority," he
    said.

    The company has not made plans to close any other restaurants in
    other states as there is no evidence of a link to other
    restaurants, Arnold added.

    People have reported symptoms of infection in Clackamas and
    Washington counties in Oregon, and Clark, King, Skagit and
    Cowlitz counties in Washington.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/chipotle-linked-e-coli- outbreak-jump-cases-expected-n455556


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