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Health investigators link E. coli cases to local Chipotle restaurants

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon Health Authority is investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin E.coli linked to eating at Chipotle restaurants in the Portland area and several counties in Washington since October 14.

Officials say there have been three cases of E. coli reported in Oregon, and at least 19 in Washington.

One person has been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, people have reported symptoms of E. coli in Clackamas and Washington counties in Oregon, and Clark, King, Skagit and Cowlitz counties in Washington.

Health officials want people who have eaten at a Chipotle between October 13 and 23, and have become ill with vomiting and bloody diarrhea to see their health care provider and mention the outbreak.

Chipotle restaurant managers told Tri-County health officials Friday evening that they would voluntarily close all restaurants in the four county region. 

The Oregon Health Authority, Washington State Department of Health, the FDA, and CDC are working with Multnomah, Clark, Washington and Clackamas Counties.

Chipotle said in a statement Saturday:

The safety and wellbeing of our customers is always our highest priority. After being notified by health department officials in the Seattle and Portland, Ore. areas that they were investigating approximately 20 cases of E. coli, including people who ate at six of our restaurants in those areas, we immediately closed all of our restaurants in the area out of an abundance of caution, even though the vast majority of these restaurants have no reported problems. We are working with health department officials to determine the cause of this issue. We offer our deepest sympathies to those who have been affected by this situation. 

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