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Chipotle Shuts Down Restaurant in Virginia After 130 Reports of Norovirus

More than 130 people fell ill after eating at a Chipotle in Sterling, Virginia, the restaurant suspected to be at the center of a recent norovirus outbreak.

More than 130 people fell ill after eating at a Chipotle in Sterling, Virginia, the restaurant suspected to be at the center of a recent norovirus outbreak.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had symptoms of food poisoning after eating at Chipotle, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

Update: Food Poisoning Lawsuits Filed over Chipotle Norovirus Scare in Virginia

August 3, 2017 – Two men from Loudoun County, Virginia, are suing Chipotle for damages they allegedly incurred as a result of eating at the location in Sterling, VA, that was linked to more than 130 reports of illnesses last month. Plaintiffs Kyle Hogan and Patrick Moore are seeking in excess of $74,000 in damages plus attorneys’ fees, in addition to any other relief the court deems fit.

What’s the Problem?

July 20, 2017 – At least 89 food poisoning reports were made to the website iwaspoisoned.com, indicating that a total of 133 customers fell ill after eating at the Sterling Chipotle last week, according to Business Insider.

Chipotle announced Tuesday that it had received a “small number” of food poisoning complaints from customers who ate at the restaurant, and closed the location for 2 days to conduct “a complete sanitization.”

Patrick Quade, founder of iwaspoisoned.com, said dozens of customers came forward complaining of illnesses after eating at the Sterling Chipotle following Business Insider’s article on the outbreak. Symptoms reported included vomiting, diarrhea, severe stomach pain, dehydration, and nausea, all of which are consistent with norovirus.

Chipotle has since reopened the Sterling location after sanitizing it during the 2 day closure.

“While the restaurant was closed, multiple teams performed complete sanitizations of all surfaces,” said Chipotle CEO Steve Ells. “We also provided support to any customers or employees who had reported illness to ensure their well-being.”

Norovirus is different from E. coli, the bacteria that led to a multi-state outbreak at Chipotle restaurants in 2015.

The virus is the most common cause of foodborne illnesses in the U.S., with more than 21 million cases annually. Cases of norovirus stemming from restaurants can often involve a worker who failed to wash his or her hands after going to the bathroom.

Second Norovirus Case Linked to Chipotle in Virginia

July 25, 2017 – Health officials have confirmed that a second person tested positive for norovirus after eating at a Chipotle in Sterling, Virginia, that was temporarily closed last week following at least 135 reports of illnesses. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department, who confirmed the second case, stated previously that another diagnosis would be a strong indicator that norovirus was behind most if not all of the illnesses associated with the outbreak.

Do I Have a Chipotle Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Chipotle lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new norovirus cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got food poisoning from Chipotle, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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