As a part of the ongoing investigation into the norovirus outbreak at Boston College, samples were taken from a Chipotle location on campus. Samples taken from an ill Chipotle employee tested positive for norovirus, which indicates that they may have been the source for the outbreak. The outbreak has sickened 141 at Boston College. Many of those sickened reported eating at Chipotle prior to their illnesses. Health investigators discovered that Chipotle was keeping their meats below the minimum temperature required by the FDA.
Norovirus is a virus that causes illness in humans. It is a very common source of illness, and infects 19-21 million people per year in the United States. It 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. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of norovirus poisoning, contact a medical professional.
If you or a loved one suspects you are infected with norovirus as a result of consuming Chipotle, seek medical attention immediately. Even if your condition is not life-threatening, blood and stool samples may be necessary to establish the source of your illness. Contact the food poisoning lawyers at the Merman Law Firm for competent, compassionate representation. Our team of norovirus lawyers are here to help.