A Minneapolis woman hospitalized twice after eating at a Chipotle location in Minneapolis has filed first Salmonella lawsuit after the Minnesota Department of Health linked a salmonella outbreak to the burrito chain.
April Beck ate at the Uptown Chipotle, at 2600 Hennepin Avenue S., on Aug. 10, 2015. According to the lawsuit, she developed stomach cramping and diarrhea 5 days later. Beck was admitted to the hospital on Aug. 23 after her symptoms worsened to the point that she struggled to stand. Beck was released from the hospital on Sept. 1, but was readmitted the following day because blood clots had formed in both arms.
Beck’s illness is one of 45 cases of salmonella reported in Minnesota since Sept. 2. Since many did not seek health care and get tested, officials believe there are likely more illnesses. Of the 34 people who have been interviewed by MDH, 32 ate or likely ate at 17 different Chipotle restaurant locations in Minnesota. Most of the locations are in the Twin Cities metro area, with one in St. Cloud and one in Rochester.
Officials are working on identifying a specific food item source of the outbreak. In the meantime, Chipotle has changed the source of the suspect produce item under investigation.
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. Invasive infections (for example, blood stream infections, meningitis) occasionally occur. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can lead to death, particularly in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Many Salmonella infections in otherwise healthy people do not require medical treatment. For those that do seek health care, most do not need to be treated with antibiotics. However, antibiotic treatment for certain categories of people and for more severe infections is warranted. Please consult your health care provider for more information with specific questions about treatment of salmonellosis.