1 dead in Tulsa after bacterial outbreak

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - State health officials say one person is dead and dozens of others are sick with an illness that may be related to E. coli bacteria.

State Health Department spokeswoman Leslea Bennett-Webb says at least 10 people were taken to a Tulsa hospital after eating at a restaurant in Locust Grove.

A spokeswoman at St. Francis Hospital confirms one person has died. That person's name hasn't been released.

Bennett-Webb says 12 to 20 other people in Beggs, Pryor and Bixby were treated at various other hospitals.

She says there have been discussions the illnesses are related to E. coli but it hasn't been confirmed.

She says the illnesses are a very severe and bloody form of diarrhea.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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