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More Than 140 Students Were Said To Be Infected By Norovirus According to BC Official

Posted: December 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Jack Dunn, a spoke person of the Boston College has released a statement to the public regarding the incident that involves Chipotle Restaurant in Cleveland Circle and more than 140 Boston College Students infected by norovirus.

There have been complaints coming from the students, residents as well as the non BC patrons against Chipotle Restaurant. It is said that 141 BC students experienced symptoms of the said virus after they dine in Chipotle.

The Boston Public Health Commission has confirmed to the public that after some series of tests, there is indeed a presence of norovirus. 91 students were confirmed to have been infected and the number just got higher after they were exposed to other people. The health agency run another series of laboratory test from the restaurant and it came back negative for bacterial pathogens including E. coli.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the common symptoms that the infected person may experience include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea as well as stomach pains due to the inflammation of either the intestines or the stomach. The mode of transmission of this infection is through ingestion of contaminated food or water, having contact with an infected person and touching contaminated surfaces.

Dunn said that the students who became ill have been tested for E.coli and norovirus but the result for E. coli has yet to be checked.

In response to the said incident, the Boston College has emailed their students about certain tips regarding self-care. They also informed their students about the universities action about the incident. The university’s self-service areas have also been closed.

As for the Chipotle restaurant located in Brighton near the BC campus, it has been ordered by the city inspectors to be temporarily close until given further notice. This is in line with the three major violations that has been charged to the restaurant.


Boston College: More Than 140 Students Ill From Norovirus Linked to Chipotle. Photo:

On the other hand, Chris Arnold, the spokesman of Chipotle told the Associated press that the evidence points to norovirus but they are not really 100 sure that this was the case.

The director of the communications for the Boston Public Health commission previously told that the food is being tested and that they will be interviewing each and every student that has been affected with the said virus. He also said that they would continue with the investigation until they find the underlying cause of it.