The Loudon County Health Department has identified 135 people who reported getting sick after visiting a Chipotle restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, between July 13 and 16, our affiliate WJLA reported. Two people tested positive for the same strain of norovirus.
The health department said it is not aware of anyone getting sick since the restaurant reopened last Wednesday.
Chipotle's stock fell more than 5 percent on July 18 after the company said it temporarily closed a restaurant in Virginia over reports that customers had become ill.
The Denver-based company closed its Sterling, Virginia, location on July 17 after a "small number" of customers reported illnesses. It plans to reopen the restaurant July 18 after a "complete sanitization."
Chipotle said it is working with health authorities to determine the cause of the customers' illnesses, but the symptoms are consistent with norovirus. The company noted that norovirus doesn't come from its food supply, and said it is safe to eat at its restaurants.
Norovirus is the leading cause of illness and outbreaks from contaminated food in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with symptoms that include diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea. Outbreaks can often be traced back to infected employees who touch foods with their bare hands before serving them.
It's not the first food scare for Chipotle, which experienced an E. coli outbreak and a norovirus case in 2015. The company responded by altering its cooking methods and offering safety training to employees.
Some were freaked out by the news.
Others, not so much.
I don't care if chipotle straight👏🏻 up 👏🏻has Ebola in it's guac. It's good. I'm eating it. I'm here for a good time not a long time.— Rose Cobb ♎️ (@prose0rose) July 18, 2017
The Associated Press contributed to this report.