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19 Cases of E. Coli may be linked to Several Chipotle Restaurants in Washington & Oregon

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WASHINGTON & OREGON - Health officials said 19 cases of E. coli may be linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington and Oregon.

Some of the cases let to voluntary closure of some Chipotle restaurants this week. The 19 cases are in Washington and three more cases were reported from Oregon, also associated with Chipotle restaurants.

So far there are no deaths and seven of the Washington patients and one Oregon patient were hospitalized.  Four cases were reported in King County, nine in Clark County, one in Cowlitz County, and five in Skagit County. Three cases were reported in Oregon residents.

The outbreak seems to be linked to food served at Chipotle restaurants, the food or other source of contamination has not been determined and is still under investigation.

Various types of E. coli can cause bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and vomiting. 

“Anyone who thinks they may have become ill from eating at a Chipotle restaurant in the past three weeks should consult their healthcare provider,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist. “The elderly and very young children are more likely to become severely ill from this kind of E. coli infection.”

Local and state health officials in Washington and Oregon along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington State Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating. 
 

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