An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle has sickened people in 6 states: California (2), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (13), and Washington (26). These people were all sickened by the same strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 (STEC O26). All but one ate at a Chipotle restaurant prior to onset of illness.

Illness onset dates (first signs of E. coli symptoms) ranged from October 19, 2015 to November 8, 2015. The age of those sickened was from 2 years to 94, with a median age of 22. Fifty-eight percent of ill people are female. Sixteen (36%) people reported being hospitalized.

According to the CDC:

The epidemiologic evidence available to investigators at this time suggests that a meal item or ingredient served at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants at several states is a likely source of this outbreak.

Has a Lawsuit Been Filed against Chipotle and Was It a Class Action?

A lawsuit has been filed against Chipotle on behalf of a woman who contracted E. coli after eating at one of the restaurants. It was not a class action because these cases are not appropriate for that kind of litigation.

Read about an E. coli lawsuit, and 5 reasons to sue.

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E. coli clings to the lining of the colon using its long, whip-like peritrichous flagellae and finer fimbriae. Image: CDC/ James Archer. Illustrators: Alissa Eckert and Jennifer Oosthuizen.

Do I Still Have a Case if the Food Source is not Found?

At this time, November 21, 2015, we do not know the specific food item that made so many people sick. Even so, those sickened have claims against Chipotle Mexican Grill and can sue for compensation.

What Chipotle Restaurants are Involved in the E. coli Outbreak and Investigation?

The following Chipotle restaurants may be involved in the E. coli outbreak:

  • 3090 Countryside Drive, Turlock, California;
  • 728 Country Road 42 West, Burnsville, Minnesota;
  • 1643 Niagra Falls Blvd., Amherst, New York;
  • 272 East Exchange Street, Akron, Ohio (University of Akron);
  • 24369 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio (Legacy Village);
  • 7683 West Ridgewood Driver, Parma, Ohio;
  • 9120 Southwest Hall Blvd., Portland, Oregon (Washington Square);
  • 9687 NE Cascades Parkway, Portland, Oregon (Cascade Station);
  • 8 Centrepoint Drive, Lake Oswego, Oregon;
  • 2048 NW Stucki Ave., Hillsboro, Oregon;
  • 12130 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley, Oregon (Clackamas Town Center);
  • 2065 NE Burnside Rd., Gresham, Oregon;
  • 1753 Burlington Blvd., Burlington, Washington;
  • 512 Ramsay Way, Suite 101, Kent, Washington;
  • 1415 Broadway Ave., Seattle, Washington (Capitol Hill);
  • 4229 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington;
  • 7715 NE 5th Ave., Vancouver, Washington (Hazel Dell).

Can I Get Compensation for E. coli Food Poisoning from Chipotle?

Yes, you can get compensation for E. coli food poisoning from Chipotle if there is evidence connecting your case to the restaurant. If you ate at the restaurant, got sick a few days later and tested positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli O26, you probably have a claim.

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