An Escherichia coli (E.coli) outbreak occurred recently due to consumption of infected food from Chipotle restaurants in Washington and Oregon.
The unfortunate people who ate infected food from Chipotle restaurants in Washington and Oregon are presently suffering the consequences. The numbers who will feel the symptoms of the infection are likely to increase as time goes on.
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The problem was the E.coli bacteria that were rife in some of the foods eaten at the Chipotle chain of restaurants. Since last week, more than a dozen and a half people have fallen ill due to the sickness. The majority of them had dined at a Chipotle restaurant, according to The Seattle Times.
While eight of these people ended up in the hospital due to severe complications, there were no casualties. Already two of those hospitalized have been sent home since their symptoms had vanished thanks to intensive care.
However, more outbreaks are expected to occur today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Some of the nasty symptoms of the disease include: loose motions, colic, queasiness and emetic effects. The only prophylactic includes washing one’s hands thoroughly with a good antibacterial soap and plenty of water.
"While the outbreak appears to be linked to food served at Chipotle restaurants, the food or other source of contamination hasn't yet been determined and remains under investigation," the Washington Department of Health said in a statement.
The people who ate at Chipotle in the last one month or two are being encouraged to go see their GP. The symptoms start out relatively slowly but pick up pace as time elapses. The first signs are disturbances in one’s intestinal health.
Furthermore, if you have blood in your stools, you should go to a doctor immediately no matter what. This is mandatory and could be a life-saving measure. The source of the E.coli bacteria has not been pinpointed with any surety. But one thing is for sure. It most likely was a fresh food item. This disses the idea that just because it is natural it is good for you.
“Anyone who thinks they may have become ill from eating at a Chipotle restaurant in the past three weeks should consult their healthcare provider,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist. “The elderly and very young children are more likely to become severely ill from this kind of E. coli infection.”
"Health officials want people who have eaten at a Chipotle between October 14 and 23, and become ill with vomiting and bloody diarrhea, to see their health care provider and mention this outbreak," Oregon's Department of Health said in a statement.
It is still too early though to go ahead and make conjectures based on hearsay. Cross-contamination is most likely the real cause behind the outbreak. The management of Chipotle has decided to close all the restaurants in the region where the infections spread among the population. This is a welcome step.
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Both Washington and Oregon have Chipotle restaurants which bear FYI signs with a brief explanation saying that the eateries are closed due to supply chain issues. While E.coli bacteria do not normally cause fatalities, a few strains can cause extensive damage. That is why care is of the essence.