All 80 students have confirmed that they ate at the Chipotle Restaurant in Cleveland Circle (Boston) during the weekend.
Meanwhile the E-coli investigation continues at Chipotle restaurants nationwide, with illnesses in nine states – NY being the closest one to us.
According to a report from the Boston Inspectional Services department, which is responsible for inspecting the city’s restaurants, an employee at the Chipotle restaurant in Cleveland Circle was sick while working a shift Thursday.
Chris Cameron, a spokesman for Boston College’s athletics department, said at least eight basketball players reported gastrointestinal symptoms overnight Saturday.
MA health officials are investigating whether the 30 students were affected by E.coli.Chipotle has come under scrutiny after being linked to an E.coli outbreak in nine other states.
Last Friday, the company told investors it expected to see an 8% to 11% drop in sales in its fourth quarter as a result of the E. coli outbreak that started in October.
“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.
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. That number dipped to a session low of 527.95 at 10 a.m., but the stock rallied a bit after word began to surface that norovirus, not E. coli, may be responsible for the Boston illnesses. “According to the CDC, there are approximately 20 million cases a year, making them the leading cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S”.
The company also said sales could be battered by additional reports of illness.
“Every time you have a vomit event, you’re looking at billions of (virus) particles, and it takes only a few to make you sick”, said Chapman, who said it was too early to say whether the students got norovirus at Chipotle.
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“.