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Chipotle in Boston Gets Clearance to Reopen After 136 Cases of Norovirus

Update Date: Dec 25, 2015 12:43 PM EST
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A Chipotle restaurant in Boston that reported 136 cases of norovirus has been given the clearance to reopen. According to the administration of Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, the restaurant near the Boston college has passed the stringent tests of inspection and has been allowed to resume services from Thursday, as reported by ABC News.

Chris Arnold, Chipotle Mexican Grill's spokesperson said that a new supplier has been brought into the company fold and is based in Denver. He confirmed that the inspection went really well but refused to add anymore information. Walsh administration spokeswoman, Bonnie McGilpin, said that a final inspection report is still in progress. However, all the employees of the restaurant have undergone food safety training program, as required. Following the reports of the outbreak, the restaurant has been closed since 7th December after the patrons and some students became sick after eating at the restaurant. The people reported gastrointestinal virus as the cause of the sickness. The reports say that the illnesses stated were not connected with E. Coli strain that affected number of restaurants in Washington and Oregon in October. "It's looking good. They've come a long way", said John Meaney, an assistant commissioner with Boston's Inspectional Services Department, according to Waltonian

When the reports of outbreak came out, the officials were worried that the illnesses, affecting the Boston students that included eight basketball players, was due to E. Coli, a condition that has been spreading across the United States. As a result, the restaurant was shut down until further investigation and notice. The health officials in Boston Public Health Commission said that the tests identified norovirus to to be responsible for the illness, as reported by Washington's Top News

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