Families retain attorneys

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Seven families who've been victims of an E. coli outbreak in northeast Oklahoma have contacted a legal firm in Washington state.

The outbreak is blamed for one death and at least 200 people have become sick and has been linked to the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove.

Lawyer Bill Marler of Marler Clark in Seattle says his firm has been retained by seven families who may want to sue.

The state Health Department is interviewing people who ate at the restaurant to see if they ate a common food.

Inspectors are also testing kitchen surfaces and foods at the restaurant in search of the same rare type of E. coli that's blamed for the illnesses.

Health officials say counters and kitchen surfaces were found to be clean of any harmful bacteria.

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