E. coli O26 outbreak linked to Chipotle gets weird – and no one’s talking – but students and faculty still eat there ‘it’s life’ (sad)

It was 50 people confirmed with the outbreak strain of E. coli O26 on Nov. 12, 2015. Yesterday it was 37.

chipotle.ad.2No one knows why.

As reported on November 6, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control search of the PulseNet database identified one person in Minnesota infected with STEC O26 that has the same DNA fingerprint. This ill person did not eat at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in the week before illness onset. Minnesota’s investigation is ongoing. The illness does not appear to be linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in Washington and Oregon.

CDC and state and local public health partners are continuing laboratory surveillance through PulseNet to identify additional ill persons and to interview them. Updates will be provided when more information is available. Investigators are using whole genome sequencing, an advanced laboratory technique, to get more information about the DNA fingerprint of the germ causing illnesses in Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota.

As reported by The Traveler, for many University of Arkansas students, Chipotle Mexican Grill is life. When students get hungry, they can take a short walk down Dickson Street to get a burrito that pushes the boundaries of how much food can fit in a tortilla wrap.

chipotle.ad.nov.15“We have always strived to have the highest standards in the restaurant industry as far as safety goes for our customers and our crew, and we are just going to have continue doing what we do,” said Chris Garrett, store manager at the Dickson Street location. “I cannot predict the future, but all I can say is we have different distributors than the stores in Washington and Oregon did.”

Garrett also stressed the fact that many of the items used at the Dickson Street are locally grown products.

“The majority of our rice, bell peppers, onions, lettuce comes from local resources,” Garrett said.

“Of course avocados – those come from Mexico. There are not a lot of avocado farms around here,” Garrett said.