A month has passed since Chipotle first shut down forty-three stores in Oregon and Washington due to an E. Coli outbreak. Although the stores have since reopened, it looks as though the E. Coli bacteria has spread to the East Coast.
Thirty Boston College students have reportedly fallen ill due to E. Coli. Eight of those students are Boston College basketball players who recently missed a game due to the food-poisoning outbreak. What do all of these students have in common? They all claim to have eaten at Chipotle.
The school’s medical staff has notified the campus of the recent outbreak, warning students to think twice before picking up their next burrito bowl at the Cleveland Circle Chipotle location.
An email sent out earlier today to all the BC athletes. General population got one a couple hours later. pic.twitter.com/Ss0uQZdyMA
— Michael Sullivan (@SullyHeights) December 7, 2015
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, E. Coli is a bacteria spread through the ingestion of tiny amounts of animal or human feces. Patients with the bacteria should periodically wash their hands, given that E. Coli can easily be spread from person to person.
Currently, the public health department is investigating the issue to determine whether or not the incident is related to the nationwide outbreak that has affected nine states and sickened another 52 people.
UPDATE: It looks as though the Boston College students may not have contracted E. Coli after all. According to USA Today, Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold has stated the students have “probably” contracted norovirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains norovirus is a contagious virus that can be contracted from contaminated food and water. Symptoms of the virus can include nausea and diarrhea.
According to university spokesman Jack Dunn, 80 Boston College students have reported symptoms of the virus, all of which have dined at the Cleveland Circle Chipotle over the weekend. Currently, all the students have been tested for norovirus and E. Coli but the test results will not be available for two days.
We will keep you updated as details emerge.
[via Boston Eater]