VIR­GINIA OF­FI­CIALS BE­LIEVE NOROVIRUS DID SICKEN DIN­ERS

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

Health of­fi­cials said that norovirus is be­lieved to be what caused dozens of peo­ple to re­port be­com­ing ill af­ter eat­ing at a Chipo­tle in sub­ur­ban Washington, D.C.

The Loudoun County Health Depart­ment in Vir­ginia said Mon­day that a sec­ond per­son has tested pos­i­tive for norovirus, and it was the same strain as the first per­son whose test was pos­i­tive. The depart­ment says it iden­ti­fied more than 135 peo­ple who re­ported be­com­ing ill af­ter vis­it­ing the Chipo­tle in Ster­ling, Va., be­tween July 13 and 16.

The health depart­ment said, how­ever, that it has not iden­ti­fied the spe­cific source of the norovirus. It says it is not aware of any cus­tomers be­com­ing ill since the store in Ster­ling re­opened last Wed­nes­day, af­ter un­der­go­ing what the restau­rant chain called “com­plete san­i­ti­za­tions.”

David Good­friend, di­rec­tor of the Loudoun County Health Depart­ment, said in an email that some of those sick­ened were Chipo­tle em­ploy­ees.

The Den­ver-based chain, which has strug­gled to re­cover from past food scares, has noted its pro­ce­dures for deal­ing with such is­sues. Its stock still has fallen since the ill­nesses were re­ported. The shares were down again Mon­day. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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