E. coli strain that killed Ardmore native "largest in nation's history"

LOCUST GROVE, OK - An E. coli outbreak killed one Ardmore-born man and sickened more than 300 adults and children between Aug. 15 and Sept. 6 is now being called "the largest strain in the nation

Chad Ingle

LOCUST GROVE, Okla. (AP) - Locust Grove is used to dealing with heartache, thanks in part to the murder of three Girl Scouts at a nearby camp 30 years ago and the recent unsolved murder of an elderly couple found shot to death south of town.

Now the blue-collar Mayes County community of 1,500 is dealing with another tragedy that may never be solved. An E. coli outbreak killed one man and sickened more than 300 adults and children between Aug. 15 and Sept. 6.

Twenty-six-year-old Chad Ingle, a bank teller and newlywed in the nearby town of Pryor, died. Several young children needed dialysis after the outbreak, and some patients are still in intensive care.

The spread of the rare E. coli strain O111 became the largest in the nation's history.

Medical experts say that since laboratory tests are geared more toward detecting illness caused by E. coli O157, it is difficult to tell how widespread O111 infections have been nationally.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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