More than 135 people who reported falling sick between July 13 and July 16 after visiting a Chipotle restaurant in Sterling, Virginia have been identified by local authorities. The Loudoun County Health Department reported Monday that its investigation of the reports found two individuals tested positive for the same strain of norovirus following reports from earlier this month.
“Two ill patrons have tested positive for the same strain of norovirus. Based on symptoms reported and these preliminary laboratory results, the cause of the outbreak is believed to be norovirus, though the specific source of the norovirus has not yet been identified,” Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department, said in a statement. “The Health Department is not aware of any customers becoming ill since the reopening of the facility last Wednesday.”
As International Business Times previously reported, patrons of the fast food chain reported their symptoms — which included violent vomiting, fevers, dizziness and stomach cramps — on the website iwaspoisoned.com. Two of those individuals were reportedly hospitalized.
“I ate at Chipotle Saturday, July 15, around 6 p.m.,” one user wrote in a report. “I had a chicken burrito with black beans, brown rice, corn, salsa, cheese and lettuce. Monday night around 11 p.m. I began having severe stomach pain and by 3 a.m. had non-stop diarrhea. By Tuesday morning I also had a fever. The diarrhea stopped Tuesday evening and the fever broke then as well. Now (Wednesday) I’m weak and tired with no appetite.”
Chipotle’s stock prices sank 7.6 percent on July 18, shortly after the incidents were initially reported. The company had reportedly been up 3.9 percent this year after recovering from 2015’s widespread reports of illness after patrons ate at multiple Chipotle restaurants nationwide.
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