Health officials: Norovirus present at Boston Chipotle; 120 sickened

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BOSTON (AP) — Public health officials in Boston say lab testing has confirmed the presence of norovirus at a Chipotle restaurant near the Boston College campus that sickened more than 120 students.

The Boston Public Health Commission issued the statement Wednesday afternoon following one by the university’s director of health services stating they’ve identified more than 120 students with symptoms consistent with norovirus.

The restaurant, located in the city’s Cleveland Circle neighborhood, has been temporarily closed.

A spokesman for Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. says the Boston College illnesses are likely isolated and not related to the E. coli cases that have turned up in nine states.

City officials say a restaurant employee was sick during a shift last week and may have caused the outbreak of the gastrointestinal illness that causes vomiting and diarrhea.

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