Officials: E. coli outbreak over
BY Staff Reports
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
9/16/08 at 11:37 AM
An E. coli outbreak that sickened hundreds and killed one man in northeastern Oklahoma is over, state health officials said Tuesday.
Although some newly reported cases have been identified, the last known outbreak-related case was Sept. 6.
At least 314 people became ill as a result of the outbreak, including 65 children.
More than 70 people were hospitalized and 17 received dialysis treatment.
Thus far, 1,843 people have been interviewed as part of the outbreak investigation.
All known cases had association with the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove.
"The spread of E. coli 0111 in this outbreak was directly related to the restaurant," state Epidemiologist Kristy Bradley said.
Health investigators are reviewing results of interviews with people who ate at the Country Cottage to determine the possible association of illness to specific food items. This analysis could take several weeks.
Where available in northeastern Oklahoma, the public may call 211 for more information about the outbreak. Additional information is also on www.health.ok.gov.
The Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove is at the center of an investigation into an E. coli outbreak.