Chipotle hep A climbs to 14

NBCSandiego reported yesterday that the cases of Hep A linked to a La Mesa Chipotle has reached 14.  The story says that most concern is over anyone who dined at the restaurant located at 8005 Fletcher Parkway between March 1 and April 22. Officials were cited as saying blood samples taken so far from restaurant employees have not shown any recent Hepatitis A infections.

With 14 cases and so far no employee testing for any signs of Hep A, I wonder if this outbreak is linked to a common food vehicle from a supplier, or one mixed/prepared in store.    Wonder if there has been a spike in what is thought to be sporadic Hep A cases associated with other outlets suppliers sent product to.

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.