CDC Investigating Chipotle after another potential outbreak

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Chipotle is back in the news again, and just like last time, for all the wrong reasons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated Monday that it is investigating another round of E. coli cases that turned up in Kansas, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. However, the CDC isn’t sure if this most recent outbreak is related to the larger outbreak that began in October.


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So far, the agency says five people have reported being sick in the latest outbreak. They include one person in Kansas, one in North Dakota and three in Oklahoma. The illnesses started on dates ranging from November 18, 2015 to November 26, 2015.

The CDC says all five people reported eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in the week before illness started.

The agency released the following statement related to the most recent incident:

All 3 Oklahoma ill people ate at a single Chipotle location in Oklahoma, and the North Dakota ill person traveled to Kansas during their exposure period and ate at the same Chipotle location as the Kansas ill person. It is not known if these infections are related to the larger outbreak of STEC O26 infections; this investigation is ongoing. WGS is being used to determine if this strain is genetically related to the STEC O26 causing the larger outbreak.