San Diego County revealed yesterday afternoon that the total number of cases of hepatitis A infection linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill in La Mesa has risen to 20. The list of victims now includes 8 women and 12 men, ages 23-59.
Bill Marler has been contacted by four of the victims, and reported in his blog today that one lawsuit has been filed against Chipotle.
The county is still trying to find the source of this outbreak. None of the 26 Chipotle employees from that location have tested positive for a recent hepatitis infection.
In a statement released on April 28th, a Chipotle spokesperson disavowed any responsibility on the part of the restaurant. The company based its assertion on a string of "A" ratings from County inspectors and on the absence of a smoking gun (that is, a hepatitis-positive employee of the La Mesa restaurant).
If you have eaten at the La Mesa Chipotle Mexican Grill at any time between March 1st and April 22nd and are feeling ill, please consult your health care provider or contact the San Diego County Epidemiology Branch at (619) 515-6620.