Chipotle Chain Linked To E. Coli Outbreak In The Pacific Northwest

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Chipotle Chain Linked To E. Coli Outbreak In The Pacific Northwest

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Better think twice before you bite into that burrito.

8 people to date have been hospitalized as a result of dining at Chipotle restaurants in the Washington State area.  So far, about 22 people have reportedly become sick since eating at Chipotle’s in this region.  That number is expected to multiply.  Anyone in the Pacific Northwest area who’s gotten sick since eating at the chain is encouraged to seek medical help.

At the Washington State Public Health Laboratories in Seattle, microbiologist Jeff Lahti displays an agar petri dish containing E. coli 026. The isolated E. coli 026 at upper center can be seen as small dots.

Symptoms of E-Coli include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, etc.  Discovered in 1885Escherichia coli, or E-Coli for short, accounts for many cases of food poisoning every year.  It is imperative to wash all food items before you cook, and cook all meat well.  You should also use clean pots, pans, and cooking utensils as well.

Chipotle has closed down 43 restaurants in the Washington State/Oregon area voluntarily due to the outbreak.  Tests are being conducted and patients are being checked.  Although the number is expected to spike, fast progress is expected in solving the E.Coli outbreak.  To date, no deaths have been reported.

 

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