Chipotle Closes Over 40 Locations After E. Coli Sends People To Hospital


*Slowly puts down burrito.*

Bad news for Northwest burrito bros: Chipotle closed 43 of its locations in Oregon and Washington after an E. coli outbreak was reportedly linked to the fast food chain.

Although no deaths have occurred thus far, there have been 22 cases of E. coli poisoning, eight of which led to people being hospitalized.

A news release from the Washington State Department of Health stated,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most E. coli are actually harmless, but can cause urinary tract infections, diarrhea, pneumonia respiratory illness and a bunch of other awful things that are not worth getting, even if it's from the world's most stacked 'rrito.

According to Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold, only six of the restaurant's chains have been linked to the outbreak, but all 43 locations were closed, just to be safe.

He told PEOPLE,

Arnold also said there is no firm timeline as to when the restaurants will reopen (*cough* now's your chance, Qdoba! *cough*) because the determination for when it's back in business relies on how the E. coli investigation is going.


Citations: Chipotle Closes 43 Restaurants After E Coli Outbreak Hospitalizes Several Customers (People)