40 cases of E. coli in Northwest outbreak linked to Chipotle

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials in Washington and Oregon say a total of 40 people are now on the list of people sickened by E. coli in an outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in the two states.

Washington took one person off its list on Thursday after lab tests showed one case of E. coli was not connected with the bigger outbreak. Health officials say 28 people in Washington have contracted E. coli, with the most cases in Clark County, just north of Oregon.

Oregon added two more people to its list on Thursday. Oregon health officials say 12 people have E. coli in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Columbia counties.

A dozen people in the two states have been hospitalized with E. coli, but no one has died.

More than 40 Chipotle restaurants remain closed in Washington state and the Portland area of Oregon as health officials search for the source of the E. coli outbreak.