Case of E.Coli Linked to Chipotle Restaurant Reported in New York State
An outbreak of E. coli that lead to the temporary shut down of 43 Chipotle restaurants in the Pacific Northwest has now been expanded to include three additional states including New York. The Gothamist reports that at least one person in New York state has been sickened in Amherst, NY in Erie County. However, WIVB reports that Erie County Health Department officials say the person who contracted E.coli has since recovered and there are no additional cases.
At least 45 people have been sickened since the outbreak first occurred in October.
According to the Centers for Disease Control: "The epidemiologic evidence available at this time suggests that a common meal item or ingredient served at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in several states is a likely source of this outbreak."
No deaths have been reported as a result of the outbreak. Officials have yet to conclude what specific food item is linked to the illness.
Chipotle officials say they believe the "source of the problem appears to have been contained during a period in late October" and say that they're taking further steps to ensure food safety in their restaurants.
No other cases of E.Coli have been linked to any of Chipotle's Hudson Valley, Connecticut, or New Jersey locations.