Former Ardmore man dies of E. coli in NE Oklahoma

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email
LOCUST GROVE, OK – What may be an E. coli outbreak in northeastern Oklahoma claimed the life of a former Ardmore man. Robin Beal has more.

Chad Ingle

LOCUST GROVE, Okla. – What may be an E. coli outbreak in northeastern Oklahoma claimed the life of a former Ardmore man.

Chad Ingle, 26, was born in Ardmore, but was most recently living in Pryor, Oklahoma, when he became ill after eating at a restaurant in Locust Grove near Tulsa.

The State Health Department says at least 14 people have been hospitalized and 20 or more cases are being investigated.

Chad ingle was an up-and-coming Christian music artist, who was born in Ardmore with strong family ties to the Ardmore community.

Ingle died Sunday in Tulsa at just 26 years old. Doctors say it was E. coli that killed him. While they do not yet know what caused the infection, a restaurant near Tulsa is now under scrutiny. Officials say dozens of people who ate at the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove became ill.

Health professionals say it is normal to have a certain amount of the E. coli bacteria inside our digestive system, but once the levels become too high, it can be very dangerous.

"The most common thing and the most concerning problem is dehydration associated with that and that leads to further problems. So, we want to treat the dehydration because it causes a loss of fluid from the body, in the form of bloody diarrhea," Mercy Memorial Hospital E.R. physician’s assistant Robert Lynch says.

So how can something so unpleasant end up getting served to people at a restaurant? The State Health Department says the most obvious answer is poor hygiene practices.

"It’s what we call fecal-oral transmission, which means that someone has prepared food or handled food that possibly didn't wash their hands after they went to the bathroom, and then they prepared food and transmitted it that way," Carolyn Jones at the Carter County Health Department says.

Doctors say constantly washing your hands is the best way to protect your family against the bacteria.

An inspection of Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove found no problems.


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  • by T-Girl Location: Anywhere on Aug 28, 2008 at 06:52 AM
    Thanks KXII for not showing my opinions of local eateries here in Ardmore and Madill. My warnings could have saved people from being sick!! Your editors must be Big Brothers' little Brother.
  • by Thumblelina Location: Madill OK on Aug 27, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    We were eating at the Braums' rest. there. My 12 year old was eating a strawberry sundae and I noticed a long blonde hair hanging out of her mouth. None of us have bleach blonde 8" hair. I almost screamed and pulled the hair out of her mouth and marched up to the counter and loudly told everyone that there is hair in the ice cream!!!Places to eat here in OK are dirty and filthy. No one cleans anymore!! The only clean place here in Ardmore in the Old Time Soda POP shop. Just look around the workers and places are gross! When will the Health Dept step up and do something. here at POLO's rest. I found a nasty black hair at the bottom of my guacamole, of course I will NEVER eat there again either!!! Practice safe eating and cook at home!!
  • by opinion Location: Ardmore on Aug 27, 2008 at 09:25 AM
    I wonder if the meat has been checked ..? not only is washing your hands of the utmost importance, but internal temp of meats during the final cooking process..really sad situation.
  • by Susan Location: Ardmore Ok on Aug 27, 2008 at 04:39 AM
    This is such a trajedy and his family is going through tremendous pain right now. Their only peace now is that he is with God. The one thing that I will cherish and have listened to everyday since his Sister gave it to me as a gift when I needed some inspiration in my life is his voice on CD. The only way to describe his voice on this CD is that God is speaking through him and I am convinced that is why he was put here on this Earth. His voice is so beautiful and I still plan to let his voice live listening to it everyday. When I have had a bad day his voice and the words to his songs give me what I need to make it to the next day. If you have not heard his CD you should. Chad is truly a man of God. No I didn't say was because he lives on through God. He has touch a lot of peoples lives and he lived through his Faith, Family and Friends.
  • by Nightshift Location: Ardmore on Aug 27, 2008 at 02:17 AM
    Everytime I go to a resturant and see a person with long hair and tatooes, I always wonder if those people are clean. Then you see these people standing outside having a smoke. It's a shame that many resturants let there establishment and their workers go without hygiene.
  • by To the Family Location: The "other" Karen on Aug 26, 2008 at 05:43 PM
    If it will be of any comfort to the family, I would like to say that Chad is happy and far from any mortal harm. He is with the Lord. I lost a son due to other circumstances, so my heart goes out to the family, especially the people who raised him. God be with you and keep you safe. God give you peace and help you find closure. Closure is a very loose term, I understand. When I say "closure" I do not mean forgetting...never!! I simply mean peace with the circumstances and the understanding that Chad is not far away from you at all. Heaven is within us. Christ said so. You will see Chad again. He is with the Lord, who is our ultimate father...and WONDERFUL. Chad is in Paradise. Life is short and you will see this sweet young man again. I promise. Until then, be well. I ache for you because I know you are going through torment right now. This kind of pain is hard to describe because his elders outlived him. It hurts when young people die prematurely. Keep the Faith.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2008 at 02:54 PM
    To the family of Chad, my heart goes out to you. I know there are no words that will take away your pain. Hugs and prayers to you.
  • by sherman Location: sherman on Aug 26, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    This place might as well shut its doors because no one will eat there again.
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