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For Release: September 12, 2008
Contact: Leslea Bennett-Webb
Office of Communications

Note to News Outlets:
This is the last daily Situation Update the OSDH will release regarding the ongoing E. coli 0111 outbreak investigation in northeastern Oklahoma. We will continue to issue additional updates as events warrant. Thanks to all for your interest and coverage of this outbreak.

Situation Update No. 15
Outbreak of Severe Diarrheal Illness in Northeastern Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) said today its investigation of the E. coli 0111 outbreak in northeastern Oklahoma has now confirmed at least 291 persons have become ill. Of that number, 227 were adults and 46 were children; the ages of 18 cases have not yet been identified. One person has died.

At least 67 persons have been hospitalized including 16 who have received dialysis treatment. Of that number, nine were children and seven were adults.

More than 1,700 persons have been interviewed thus far, including 228 persons on Thursday. Today is the last day the OSDH will interview persons who ate at the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove, OK, Aug. 15-17. In particular, the OSDH wants to talk with families with young children who ate at the restaurant and did not become ill. Persons can call the OSDH at 1-800-990-2769 through 8 p.m. today.

The OSDH, Tulsa Health Department, and a team from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are also investigating an event catered by the Country Cottage restaurant at the Bethany Free Will Baptist Church in Broken Arrow on Aug. 16. About 250 persons attended the event and health investigators have interviewed about 160 thus far to see if they became ill after eating at the event and if so, what their symptoms were. At least 30 of those attending have indicated they became ill with diarrhea or other milder symptoms.

Where available in northeastern Oklahoma, the public may call 2-1-1 for more information about the outbreak. Additional information is also on the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Web site at www.health.ok.gov. Click on “Current Features – Severe Diarrheal Illness Outbreak.”

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