Norovirus outbreak hits popular food chain
By: Elana Garay
The popular and favorite Chipotle has had another disease outbreak. The first outbreak recorded was E. Coli starting in November or 2015.
From the website of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it shows that there have been nine states in America with reports of E. Coli from Chipotle. But now, another disease has struck Chipotle recently in this new year of 2016. This disease that made an outbreak in numerous Chipotle restaurants is called norovirus.
According to the CDC, “Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed (acute gastroenteritis). This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up.”
Current investigation is being done in order to find the source of the problem. Due to the outbreak of the norovirus and a previous E. Coli outbreak, the consequences arise.
Chipotle released a statement on many social media outlets. In a post on Facebook, Chipotle addressed the outbreak by stating, “We’re having a national employee meeting on Monday, February 8 to thank everybody for their hard work through this difficult time, discuss recent food safety changes, and talk about additional steps we’re taking for the future. All US restaurants will be closed for lunch and will re-open at 3pm in each time zone.”A similar saying was said on their Twitter. Until a solution is found, certain procedures must occur.