More hospitalized after E. coli outbreak in NE Oklahoma

TULSA, OK - State health officials say at least 17 people have been hospitalized and 40 or more cases are being investigated after a severe illness outbreak in northeast Oklahoma.

Chad Ingle

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - State health officials say at least 17 people have been hospitalized and 40 or more cases are being investigated after a severe illness outbreak in northeast Oklahoma.

At least one person -- 26-year-old Pryor bank employee and former Ardmore resident Chad Ingle -- has died as a result of the illness.

Oklahoma State Department of Health officials are trying to identify it's source and whether it's related to E. coli bacteria.

They have confirmed that many ate at the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove but say it's too early to pinpoint the eatery as the source.

Health officials say the restaurant passed a surprise inspection over the weekend, but online health department records show inspectors discovered nine violations, including two that directly relate to causes of food-borne illnesses.

Health Department spokesman Larry Weatherford says it's common for a restaurant to have numerous violations during an inspection and urged patience from an anxious public.

The eatery is usually closed on Mondays and voluntarily closed today.

Those who were sickened include residents from Bixby, Broken Arrow, Locust Grove, McAlester, Peggs, Pryor, Sand Springs and Tulsa.

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  • by Restaurant owner Location: Ardmore on Aug 27, 2008 at 03:08 PM
    I think it is very bad on the State Health dept to name a restaurant before they know anything. This is a town of only 1200 people. Of course a lot of people ate there. If it has been a big chain restaurant with lawyers on the staff they would not have said anything untill they are sure where the source was located. Now they have ruined this business in the media without being sure.
  • by Sheryl Location: Marietta, OK on Aug 27, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    This is very sad for this family. Chad had recently married, and leaves behind his wife of just a very short time. He was a wonderful christian boy. To his family, I express the greatest sympathy to them.
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