Transcript for Popular Restaurant Chipotle Closes Amid Reports of E. Coli
We turn this evening to a health alert now. Chipotle taking drastic action, closing 43 restaurants after 22 people fell ill, raising fears of an E. Coli outbreak. Invest gave tomorrows are looking for a cause, and near is ABC's Neal Karlinsky. Reporter: Chi pot late closing 43 of its restaurants in Oregon and Washington state. Would be patrons greeted with this message on the door. FYI, we are closed due to a supply chain issue. So far, at least three victims have been sickened by E. Coli in Portland and 19 outside Seattle. Eight of them, bad enough to be hospitalized. The excruciating pain in my abdomen was something I've never experienced. Reporter: Health officials say most, but not all of the victims told them they recently ate at one of six chipotle's. The chain closing two locations, though the come contamination hasn't been directly linked to them. Saying in a statement, the safety and well-being of Kus Americans is our highest proyourty. Shutting down restaurants is a good way to go. Reporter: And because symptoms can take more than a week to show up, health officials expect the number of victims to rise. David?
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