Chipotle temporarily closes more than 40 of its restaurants in Washington and Oregon after an E. coli scare. The Mexican grill restaurant makes a brief leave out of ?an abundance of caution? for the infection, according to CNN.
Fortunately, there are still no reported cases of anyone dying of the infection according to the Washington State Department of Health although seven Washington patients and three Oregon patients were hospitalized for further examination. And a customer that ate at Chipotle and became sick filed a lawsuit against the restaurant chain.
?We immediately closed all of our restaurants in the area out of an abundance of caution, even though the vast majority of these restaurants have no reported problems,? Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said in a statement.
And according to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), closing down the Chipotle restaurants was the right move. ?[It?s always better to take broad action than narrow it down,? Frieden said. ?From what we understand so far, they are being very responsible in their actions in response to the cases that have been reported.?
The source of contamination is still unknown but Chipotle is ?working hard with health departments and federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to help determine the cause,? reported by CNN.
What is E. coli?
Escherichia coli, more known as E.choli, is understood as an infection that causes severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and often bloody diarrhea. And the infections can be ranged from mild to life-threatening, with fever commonly low, according to the CDC.
The contamination is usually found in human and animal intestines but can also be discovered in food ingredients. ?Food handlers carrying harmful E. coli can pass the bacteria on by not thoroughly washing their hands before performing work,? posted by CNN. More the 20 cases of E. Coli outbreak have been investigated by the CDC.