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Chipotle links sick worker to latest Norovirus outbreak

A Chipotle Mexican Grill is seen in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on April 25, 2016.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N) is retraining kitchen crews on food safety and enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for employees refusing to abide by new rules, after identifying a sick employee as the cause of a Norovirus outbreak that forced it to briefly close a restaurant in Virginia last week.

"We believe someone was working while sick," Chief Executive Steve Ells said on a conference call with analysts on Tuesday. Chipotle offers employees paid sick leave, but some workers told CNBC that they were forced by bosses to work while they were ill.

The latest outbreak, along with a separate viral video showing rodents in a Dallas restaurant, pushed Chipotle shares down 13 percent last week. It was a big setback for the burrito chain, which is fighting to rebuild consumer trust after E. coli, Salmonella and Norovirus outbreaks in 2015 battered its...