Investigation ongoing into E. coli outbreak

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State health officials have interviewed about 1,300 people and want to talk to more as they investigate a deadly E. coli outbreak in northeast Oklahoma.

The outbreak of the rare E. coli 0111 was traced to the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove and is blamed for the death of an Ardmore-born man and more than 200 illnesses.

Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley with the state Health Department says about 20 people remain hospitalized.

Some are undergoing treatment for organ failure.

Bradley says officials still want to talk to families with children who ate at the restaurant Aug. 15, 16 or 17 whether they became sick or not.

The restaurant remains closed and a spokeswoman for the owners says they are not sure if it will open again.

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