E. coli outbreak in Oklahoma kills one, sickens 200



Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 6:49 p.m.

Source of Article:  http://www.wach.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=184522


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- One person is dead and more than 200 sickened after an E. coli outbreak linked to a restaurant in northeastern Oklahoma,

State health officials say the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove has been closed for more than a week, but an exact source of the contamination has not been determined.

The state is testing food preparation and serving surfaces at the restaurant and interviewing those who became ill. Health officials first reported the outbreak August 25th.

The state Health Department said today that 206 people have become sick, including 53 children. Those sickened range in age from two months to 88 years.

The outbreak has been blamed for the death of a 26-year-old who died a week after eating at the restaurant.

It's being called the largest outbreak ever in the U.S. of this particular rare strain of E. coli.


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