Investigation into Chipotle’s E. coli outbreak is now closed

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Signage hangs from a closed Chipotle restaurant in Portland, Ore., Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Chipotle voluntarily closed down 43 of its locations in Washington and the Portland area as a precaution after an E. coli outbreak linked to six of its restaurants in the two states has sickened nearly two dozen people. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The investigation into the multi-state E. coli outbreaks linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill is closed, the Centers for Disease Control announced Monday.

The first, larger outbreak reportedly sickened a total of 55 people in 11 states in the U.S., the CDC reported. Of those 55 people, 21 were hospitalized.

The majority of sicknesses from the first outbreak were reported from Washington and Oregon during October 2015. It impacted people from California, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.

The second, smaller outbreak reportedly sickened five people with a different, but similar strain of E. coli as the first. This outbreak reportedly affected people in three states – one person was hospitalized.

The second outbreak impacted people in Kansas, North Dakota and Oklahoma.

There were no deaths associated with the outbreaks.

Evidence collected during the investigation alleged that ” a common meal item or ingredient served at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants was a likely source of both outbreaks. The investigation did not identify a specific food or ingredient linked to illness,” the CDC reported.

People who are sickened by the bacteria may experience diarrhea and abdominal cramps, but should recover within a week.

A form of kidney failure, associated with the disease, can be most commonly be found in young children under five years, older adults and people with weakened immune systems, the CDC reports.

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