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More than 500 come forward in Ohio Chipotle outbreak

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Chipotle is not having a good week in the Buckeye State. As of Tuesday, an Ohio county health department has received more than 500 inquiries into a possible foodborne outbreak from a Chipotle in Powell, Ohio. 

The Delaware General Health District has received a total of 518 inquiries — 95 emails and 423 calls — related to a possible foodborne illness outbreak stemming from the Chipolte located at 9733 Sawmill Parkway.

Staff members have been able to interview over 200 of those inquiries and both stool and food samples have been delivered to the Ohio Department of Health for laboratory testing.

The health agency will test for Salmonella, Shigella, E.coli, and Norovirus in the stool samples. The food samples will be tested for Bacillus Cereus or Clostridium Perfringens in addition to the four diseases that are being tested in the stool samples.

The food inspection team did inspect the restaurant and found no reason for the facility to not reopen. Another inspection will take place later this week.

One lawsuit has already been filed on behalf of a Delaware resident who said he experienced “diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, nausea, headaches, and hot and cold flashes,” after eating three chicken tacos from the restaurant Sunday. The plaintiff is seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

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