A person who was reported to have eaten at Chipotle tested positive for norovirus. However, health officials have debunked the assertion saying it’s not enough to prove the cause of the about 60 reported cases identified.

The spot in Sterling, Virginia was shut down temporarily this week for cleaning after reports showed that Chipotle was in line with the norovirus. This reduced the shares of the chain stores indicating how unguarded its reputation remains about two years after the outbreak of E. coli caused its sales to be submerged.


Norovirus is a leading cause of ailment from food contamination. Often, infected employees are the primary cause of the outbreaks, and symptoms of the norovirus include diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, one out of every six Americans falls sick each year as a result of contaminated food consumption. The director of the Loudoun County Health Department located in Virginia; David Goodfriend said that the health department is still awaiting more test results that should be ready by next week.

Goodfriend said that if another person tests positive the virus, it will strengthen the indication that the norovirus causes the illness. The health department said that about 60 individuals who are sick reported having eaten the Chipotle.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. speaks

Chipotle Mexican Grill. Inc pointed the safety measures it has employed to prevent such happenings or respond very fast when such thing happens. However, the firm is battling to regain its image and stance lately. On Thursday, mice fell from the roof in one of its location at Dallas. The company addressed that as an extremely isolated happening and explained that the mice made its way into the restaurant via a little gap in the building and the gap has been corrected.

Chipotle shares have maintained above $390 on Tuesday but fell 4.5% to close at $356.05 which marks their barest since April 2013.