E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Chipotle Expands to 6 States -Including Georgia
An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle has expanded to six states including Georgia. Our office is investigating these instances across Georgia. Call our office at 404-373-1800 and ask for Cara.
New cases have been reported in California, New York and Ohio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week. The first cases were discovered a number of weeks ago in Oregon and Washington, and more recently in Minnesota.
E. coli is a type of bacteria that normally live in the intestines of people and animals. However, some types of E. coli, particularly E. coli 0157:H7, can cause intestinal infection.
Symptoms of intestinal infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. More severe cases can lead to bloody diarrhea, dehydration, or even kidney failure. People with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, young children, and older adults are at increased risk for developing these complications.
The investigation to determine the specific food item linked to the illness is ongoing, the agency said.
So far, 45 people have been infected, with 43 of the victims saying they had eaten at Chipotle in the week before they got sick, the CDC said. The illnesses started on dates ranging from from Oct. 19 to Nov. 8. and that 16 people have been hospitalized. There have been no deaths.