In December 2015, at least 25 Boston College students became ill after eating at a Chipotle restaurant in nearby Cleveland Circle in Brighton, Massachusetts. Following the development, Boston College Health Services sent a campus wide e-mail reporting that the affected students had been complaining of gastrointestinal symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea. As of this writing, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is investigating whether there is a link to the ongoing national outbreak of e-coli. The Chipotle restaurant in Brighton closed pending this investigation.
The federal government is also investigating these incidents. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement that it, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were investigating the outbreak of possible e-coli infections. Besides the recent reports of illnesses in the Greater Boston Area, the CDC reports a total of 52 people infected with the outbreak strain of e-coli, from a total of nine states: California, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Already, there have been over 20 reported hospitalizations.
Despite the outbreak and its potential link to Chipotle restaurants, the chain continues to service more than 1 million customers a day in its restaurants worldwide, according to the press release issued on its website.
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