Boston College just sent this update to the outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that has hit the campus, including several members of the schools basketball team:
The number of Boston College students who have reported to BC Health Services with GI symptoms has risen to 80 as of noon today. All 80 students have confirmed that they ate at the Chipotle Restaurant in Cleveland Circle (Boston) during the weekend. All have been tested for both E.Coli and the norovirus. Test results will not be available for at least two days.
Our law firm has been contacted about this outbreak.
There is no evidence to date that this outbreak at Boston College is related to the earlier E. coli outbreak. The CDC numbers for the E. coli O26 outbreak are as follows:
Fifty-two people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O26 have been reported from 9 states. The majority of illnesses have been reported from Washington and Oregon during October 2015. The number of ill people reported from each state is as follows: California (3), Illinois (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (13), Pennsylvania (1), and Washington (27).
Twenty (38%) of the people sickened have been hospitalized, according to reports to the CDC.