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As Chipotle Store Gets Tested For Norovirus, BC Now Says 120 Students Reporting Illnesses

People stand inside a closed Chipotle restaurant on Monday in the Cleveland Circle neighborhood of Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)
People stand inside a closed Chipotle restaurant on Monday in the Cleveland Circle neighborhood of Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)
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Boston College says more than 120 students have now reported gastrointestinal illnesses, and nearly all cases are in students who ate at a Chipotle restaurant near campus.

Dr. Thomas Nary, director of university health services, announced Wednesday that the symptoms are consistent with the norovirus.

A spokeswoman for the Boston Public Health Commission said the illnesses were likely caused by norovirus, but final test results are not expected to for a couple of days.

The illnesses prompted the temporary closure of the restaurant in the city's Cleveland Circle neighborhood. The city said a restaurant employee was sick during a shift last week.

A Chipotle spokesman has said the Boston College illnesses are likely an isolated case of norovirus and unrelated to the E. coli cases that have turned up in nine states.

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