States report: Oregon cases of E. coli now at 12, Washington at 25

November 4, 2015

The Oregon Health Authority on Nov. 3 released the following statement on the E. coli outbreak being investigated in Multnomah and neighboring counties. People who may have eaten at a Chipotle and are experiencing symptoms should call their health provider.  You can also call the Multnomah County Hotline to talk to an expert at 503-988-4454.  You can track cases and find information in Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese here.

The Oregon Health Authority is reporting a total of 12 cases of Shiga toxin E. coli linked to eating at Chipotle restaurants in the Portland Metro area, up from three cases that were first reported October 31.

Among the cases, three were hospitalized, Katrina Hedberg, MD, state health officer with OHA’s Public Health Division, said during a media briefing today. There have been no deaths. People in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, as well as Columbia, Benton and Deschutes counties have reported symptoms.

Many people affected with Shiga toxin E. coli may not seek health care, so the number of people made ill by this outbreak is likely more than identified.

Health officials want people who have eaten at a Chipotle during October 2015, and become ill with vomiting and bloody diarrhea, to see their health care provider and mention this outbreak.

The Oregon Health Authority, Washington State Department of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working with local health departments in the Portland metro region, and in other Oregon counties on the outbreak investigation.

Chipotle has closed at least 14 of its restaurants in the Portland metro area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties) to assist public health agencies with their investigation.

Most people infected develop watery or bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps within one to 10 days, with the average three to four days. Most illnesses resolve on their own within seven days. Most people recover within a week but, rarely, some develop a severe type of kidney failure which can begin as the diarrhea is improving and is most common in children under 5 years old and the elderly.

The Washington State Department of Health on Nov. 3 released the following statement on the E. coli outbreak being investigated in Multnomah and neighboring counties. People who may have eaten at a Chipotle and are experiencing symptoms should call their health provider.  More information is also available at 503-988-4454.  

E. coli outbreak likely linked to Chipotle restaurants grows  

(Updated 11/03/2015; daily updates to be posted by 1 p.m.)

The investigation into an outbreak of E. coli illnesses that may be related to Chipotle restaurants in Washington and Oregon has grown from 19 reported Washington cases to 25 as of today. The Washington State Department of Health continues working closely with local, state, and federal partners on a disease investigation to learn the extent of the outbreak and possible sources of E. coli bacteria.

In Washington, residents of Clark (11), Cowlitz (2), Island (2), King (6), and Skagit (4) counties have been reported as outbreak cases. Of the 25 cases, 23 reported having been at Chipotle restaurants before getting sick. Nine of the Washington residents were hospitalized. Cases range in age from five-to-60.

There are five Washington restaurants associated with this outbreak: Hazel Dell, 7715 NE 5thAvenue, Suite 109, in Vancouver; 1404 Broadway Avenue and 4229 University Way NE in Seattle; 512 Ramsey Way 101 in Kent; and 1753 S. Burlington Blvd. in Burlington.

The Oregon Health Authority has information on cases in that state. The state health agencies and local health partners are coordinating with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration on the investigation.

No deaths have been reported in this outbreak. Washington case counts will be updated daily by 1 pm on this Newsroom page.

Chipotle restaurants are under a voluntary closure. The Washington Department of Health Food Safety Program staff are working to establish criteria for the restaurants in this state to reopen.

El brote de E.coli probablemente relacionado a los restoranes Chipotle crece

(Actualizado 11/03/2015; actualizaciones diarias serán publicadas antes de la 1 p.m.)

La investigación de un brote de la enfermedad de E.coli que puede estar relacionado a los restoranes Chipotle en Washington y Oregon ha crecido de 19 casos reportados en Washington a 25 a la fecha de hoy.  El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington continúa trabajando en estrecha colaboración con los asociados locales, estatales y federales en la investigación de la enfermedad para aprender el alcance del brote y la posible fuente de la bacteria de E.coli. 

En Washington, residentes de los condados de Clark (11), Cowlitz (2), Island (2), King (6), y Skagit (4) han sido reportados como casos del brote.  De los 25 casos, 23 reportaron haber ido a los restoranes Chipotle antes de haberse enfermado.  Nueve de los residentes de Washington fueron hospitalizados.  Los casos oscilan entre los cinco a los 60 años de edad.  

Hay cinco restoranes en Washington asociados con este brote: Hazel Dell, 7715 NE 5th Avenue, Suite 109, en Vancouver; 1404 Broadway Avenue y 4229 University Way NE en Seattle; 512 Ramsey Way 101 en Kent; y 1753 S. Burlington Blvd en Burlington. 

El Departamento de Salud Pública de Oregon ha informado sobre los casos en ese estado.  Las agencias de salud estatal y asociados de la salud local están coordinando con agencias federales, Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades y la Administración de Alimentos y Drogas, en la investigación.

No se han reportado muertes en este brote.  Los números de casos serán reportados diariamente antes de la 1 p.m. en esta página Newsroom.

Los restoranes Chipotle están bajo cierre voluntario.  Los trabajadores del Programa de la Seguridad Alimenticia del Departamento de Salud de Washington están trabajando para establecer criterios para abrir los restoranes en nuestro estado.