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November 20, 2015: CDC Confirms 45 Illnesses Across 6 States Linked To Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak

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CDC Confirms 45 E. coli Outbreak Cases To Date

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of November 19, 2015, 45 people have been sickened in an E. coli O26 (STEC O26) food poisoning outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants located in 6 states. The number of CDC confirmed cases by state is as follows: California (2), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (13), and Washington (26). The CDC is only reporting on cases that have been confirmed to date by its database “PulseNet.” PulseNet allows the CDC to compare the “DNA fingerprints” of bacteria isolated from patients in order to identiy those infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli.

Available illness onset dates have ranged from October 10, 2015 to November 8, 2015. Sixteen of the confirmed cases have required hospitalization.

Contamination Source Not Yet Identified

A specific food linked to the outbreak has not yet been identified, however, the CDC stated that “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.” The investigation is considered ongoing.

CDC Advice For Consumers

The CDC advises consumers to contact a health care provider if they recently became ill with diarrheal symptoms after eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant. According to the CDC “Most people infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) develop diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps an average of 3-4 days after swallowing the germ.”

Diagnosing E. coli Foodborne Illness

A diagnosis of E. coli foodborne illness can usually be confirmed by performing a stool culture, a type of laboratory test that can detect the presence of the bacterium in an infected person’s stool. Your doctor can order a stool culture if he or she thinks testing is necessary.

About E. coli and E. coli Symptoms and Complications

E. coli is a type of bacterium that lives in the intestines of healthy humans and animals. While many strains of E. coli are harmless, some strains are capable of producing a powerful toxin known as Shiga toxin, and can cause severe, life-threatening illness. These pathogenic strains of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli are often referred to as “STEC.”

Symptoms of E. coli infection may include severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Sometimes a low-grade fever is present. Children and the elderly are at greatest risk for suffering complications resulting from E. coli infection, including hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and thrombocytopenia purpura (TTP).

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