Number sickened by bacteria rising in NE Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An outbreak of E. coli in northeastern Oklahoma is now blamed for at least 73 illnesses and 50 hospitalizations.

One man has died and at least 12 of the victims are children.

Investigators are focusing on the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove and are testing to determine how food there became contaminated.

The restaurant has been closed and a spokeswoman says it's not clear when - or if - it will reopen.

The victims have reported severe stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea and several are undergoing dialysis.

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  • by jeremy Location: tulsa on Aug 29, 2008 at 06:49 PM
    the illness seems to be connected to the restaurant's well. water in it contain bacteria.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2008 at 12:56 PM
    OMG. Don't people know to wash their hands?!?! Sounds like it may be spreading like in a day care or in some form of a group that's close. Seriously, I get laughed at for cleaning a buggy handle at the store and using paper towels to open doors of restrooms............but I don't get sick!
  • by Mom Location: OK on Aug 29, 2008 at 12:04 PM
    I have read that they are pretty sure the restaurant was the original source, but now it is spreading from person to person (fecal to hand to mouth).
  • by Anonymous Location: G-ville on Aug 29, 2008 at 11:42 AM
    Oh-my this is aweful!!! I am guessing it wouldn't do much good to re-open, being such a small town who would ever eat there again?
  • by Caring Mom on Aug 29, 2008 at 11:22 AM
    So, is this particular restaurant to blame or not????? My son will be visiting in that area this weekend and I'd like to know if the source has been determined!! Please.
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