by in Chipotle Recall, Food Borne Illnesses, Norovirus

On December 23, 2015, the Chipotle location associated with the Norovirus outbreak at Boston College reopened. Health officials cleared the restaurant after it was heavily cleaned and two rounds of samples tested negative for pathogens. Over 140 people were sickened by the restaurant, many of them students of Boston College. The source of the outbreak was identified as an employee who came in to work while sick. As a result, the employee and the shift manager on duty were both fired.

Norovirus is a virus that can cause illness in humans. It is one of the most common forms of illness in the United States, sickening between 19 and 21 million people annually on average. Illness usually occurs after contact with contaminated food, water, or people, Symptoms of a norovirus infection will appear between 24 to 48 hours after exposure to the pathogen and will include stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea. Norovirus is a very contagious pathogen. Those infected with the virus should be wary of going out into public, as norovirus is a very contagious pathogen. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of norovirus poisoning, contact a medical professional