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Salmonella cases linked to Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota

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According a report issued by the Minnesota Department of Health, 45 cases of salmonella have been reported since Wednesday, September 2. Thirty-four of those people have been interviewed by the MDH, and of those, 32 either ate or likely ate at one of 17 different local Chipotle restaurant locations.

The restaurant locations are all in the Twin Cities metro area, except one in St. Cloud and one in Rochester. The meal dates range from August 16 to August 26 and the individuals became ill between August 20 and August 29. Five people have been hospitalized and all are recovering. 

Investigators have not yet identified a specific food item source of the outbreak. 

During the time of the suspected outbreak mealtimes, Chipotle served more than 560,000 customers in Minnesota and has "taken every appropriate measure to ensure that it is safe to eat in its restaurants," according to the report. 

Most importantly, investigators say they are confident that ongoing transmission at Chipotle as part of this outbreak has ended.

The Chipotle locations involved to date are 7 Corners (Minneapolis), Bloomington, Calhoun, Crystal, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Minnetonka, Richfield, Ridgedale, Rochester, Shoreview, St. Cloud, St. Louis Park, St. Paul Lawson, Uptown, and US Bank Plaza (Minneapolis). However, it is possible that other locations in Minnesota could have been affected as well. 

Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 72 hours after exposure, but they can begin up to a week after exposure. Salmonella infections usually resolve in 5 to 7 days, but approximately 28 percent of laboratory-confirmed cases require hospitalization. 

Health officials want to bring this outbreak to the attention of people who have become ill with symptoms of salmonellosis but who have not yet consulted a health care provider. These people should mention this outbreak to their health care provider should they consult one.

More information on salmonella and how to prevent it can be found on the MDH website at Salmonellosis.