Number of E. coli Cases in
The number of people ill in connection
with an E. coli outbreak associated with a Locust Grove restaurant in
Of those, 227 were adults and 46 were
children. At least 67 people were hospitalized during the outbreak, the
largest of its type in the nation and one man died. Sixteen people needed
kidney dialyses, a repercussion of the infection. Nine of them were children.
The Oklahoma State Department of
Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have interviewed
more than 1,700 people. As the investigation continues, officials expect an
increase in hospitalization and dialysis figures. The investigation now
focuses on a
The event took place at Bethany Free Will Baptist Church. The health officials want to extend their investigation on more families with young children who ate at the restaurant and did not become ill.
E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting and in most severe cases kidney failure. Most of the infected persons get well in 15 days. People predisposed to the infection include children, seniors, and persons whose immune system is weakened. Antibiotics typically are not helpful, and infections are often treated by drinking fluids and taking pain relievers.
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