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For Release: September 16, 2008
Contact: Leslea Bennett-Webb
Office of Communications

Situation Update No. 16
Outbreak of Severe Diarrheal Illness in Northeastern Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) said today that it believes the outbreak of E. coli 0111 in northeastern Oklahoma is now over. Although a number of newly reported cases have been identified, the last known outbreak-related case became sick on Sept. 6.

The OSDH 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, 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, OK. “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. This analysis could take several weeks.

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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