OSDH: E. coli outbreak now over

Tuesday, September 16th 2008, 12:40 pm
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- State health officials issued a news release Tuesday morning stating they believe the outbreak of E. coli 0111 in northeastern Oklahoma is now over.

The State Department of Health has confirmed at least 314 persons became ill as a result of the outbreak.

Of that number, 246 were adults, 65 were children, and the ages of three cases have not yet been identified. One person died. At least 72 persons have been hospitalized including 17 who have received dialysis treatment.

Thus far, officials say 1,843 persons have been interviewed as part of the outbreak investigation.

All known cases had association with the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove, Oklahoma.

"The spread of E. coli 0111 in this outbreak was directly related to the restaurant," said State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley.

Health investigators are reviewing results of interviews with persons who ate at the Country Cottage to determine the possible association of illness to specific food items. Officials say this analysis could take several weeks.