At least half of the Boston College men’s basketball team and several other Boston College students are suffering from gastrointestinal problems after eating at a nearby Chipotle, according to multiple reports.
Chris Arnold, a spokesperson for the eatery, said the company agreed with health officials that it is likely a norovirus, which seems very consistent with the pattern here.
Chipotle says it believes norovirus is to blame for sickening Boston College students who ate at its restaurant.
This is the company’s third food safety incident since August.
Jack Dunn, a Boston College spokesman, said in an emailed statement Tuesday that 80 students have reported to the university’s BC Health Services with gastrointestinal symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea, as of Tuesday afternoon.
This has not been a good few weeks for Chipotle, which recently shuttered over 40 stores due to a widespread E. coli outbreak.
Chipotle said it was working with local officials to sanitize the Boston franchise and to test all employees for the norovirus.
“Right now, we don’t have any indication that there are any issues with the Chipotle’s here”, Anderson said, though she added that the food chain is still investigating exactly what caused the students to fall ill.
He noted the company has no confirmation.
Initial tests on some 80 students in Boston who fell ill after eating at Chipotle have shown the presence of norovirus, city health officials have said.
“There are no cases of E. coli connected to Chipotle in Oklahoma”.
The school sent an alert to students, which read, “The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been notified and is working to determine if there is a link to the ongoing national outbreak of E. coli“. The food poisoning caused many players to miss yesterday’s game.