-- Chipotle continues to face the fallout of an E. coli outbreak as health officials said the number of people sickened by the bacteria in Oregon and Washington has risen, and one woman filed a lawsuit against the company on Monday.
The company temporarily shut down 43 restaurants this weekend in Oregon and Washington after multiple people were found to have been sickened with the bacteria, which health officials believe may have been contracted at Chipotle restaurants. A direct link has not been established as of yet.
At least 37 people have been sickened by the bacteria in two states, health officials said.
She is seeking more than $75,000 in damages and declined comment through her attorney.
The company said in a statement that it was working with local health departments to track down the source of the outbreak and was deep-cleaning restaurants in the affected area. It declined to discuss the lawsuit.
“The safety of our customers and integrity of our food supply has always been our highest priority,” said Steve Ells, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. “If there areopportunities to do better, we will push ourselves to find them and enhance our already high standards for food safety.
"Our deepest sympathies go out to those who have been affected by this situation and it is our greatest priority to ensure the safety of all of the food we serve and maintain our customers’ confidence in eating at Chipotle.”
Additionally the company is batch testing ingredients and conducting environmental testing in restaurants and distribution centers.
While the bacteria can be naturally occurring in the human digestive tract, certain strains of the bacteria can cause vomiting or bloody diarrhea.
ABC News' Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.