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Once again bad news for Chipotle Mexican Food & Grill company, as the Loudoun County Health Department has identified 135 people who reported getting sick after visiting a Chipotle in Sterling, Virginia, between the dates of July 13th and 16th.
So far only two of the one hundred and thirty five people have been confirmed to have contracted the norovirus, but the other one hundred and thirty five customers are also ill.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Loudoun?src=hash">#Loudoun</a> Health Department continues to update the investigation into reported illness at Chipotle in Sterling. <a href="https://t.co/em5uVZBJPL">https://t.co/em5uVZBJPL</a> <a href="https://t.co/ccUWrC8wjU">pic.twitter.com/ccUWrC8wjU</a></p>— Loudoun Co. Govt. (@LoudounCoGovt) <a href="https://twitter.com/LoudounCoGovt/status/889570030677090304">July 24, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The highly contagious norovirus can tear through cruise ships, classrooms, and other crowded spaces, leaving vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps in its wake.
It spreads easily through food and drink and can have a big impact on people's health. The CDC estimates that noroviruses are responsible for more than half of all foodborne disease outbreaks each year.
<strong>What is the Norovirus?</strong>
Worldwide, noroviruses are thought to be the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis (diarrhea and vomiting illness).
On average, noroviruses cause 19 million to 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S. per year, according to the CDC. The norovirus was originally called the Norwalk virus, after the town of Norwalk, OH, where the first confirmed outbreak happened in 1972.
Because there are many different types of noroviruses, exposure to one type may not protect you from other types.
Chipotle has has a bad history with health outbreaks. Their stock has slumped repeatedly over this continuous controversy involving their restaurants and health problems that originate from their products.
Loudoun County Health Department however states there have been no new developments since the store reopened last week, nor have they acknowledged what caused the other 132 illnesses.