After receiving reports of multiple cases of gastrointestinal illness among patrons who ate at the Chipotle Mexican Grill in Cleveland Circle, the Boston Public Health Commission, the City of Boston Inspectional Services Department, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health launched an investigation to determine the cause and the nature of the illness. As you know, early laboratory testing confirmed the presence of norovirus, but the additional cultures submitted for testing at the beginning of the outbreak have now returned as negative for bacterial pathogens, including E. Coli.
There are currently 136 known cases from people who ate at Chipotle; others who are contacts to these cases have also become ill. However, the information is constantly evolving. The restaurant remains temporarily closed while ISD and BPHC continue investigations.
Norovirus is highly contagious and easily passed among those in close proximity. Boston College has received reports of students' roommates contracting the illness; to prevent the continued transmission of the virus, we urge residents to take proper precautions to prevent the spread of illness, which include: washing your hands regularly, avoiding close contact or sharing food and drink with others who might be ill, and staying home if you are ill. For more information about norovirus, please visit our Fact Page.