A spokesperson with St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa says doctors are treating 12 patients suspected of E. coli poisoning.  The health department says between 10-20 people have been treated and released from other hosptitals in northeastern Oklahoma.

The Health Department has not released the source of the illnesses, but readers of the Tulsa World and KJRH websites have named Country Cottage in Locust Grove as the likely source of the outbreak – see comments below.  Given the number of E. coli outbreaks linked to tainted meat in the last several months, it will be interesting to see what the common food source is between all those who became ill.  See link to recalls due to E. coli O157:H7 here.

onya – 9:30 AM

what date did this occur? We ate at the country cottage in Locust Grove and have some minor diarrea and stomach cramping.

Blumr – 6:24 AM

My niece is one of the patients and is in ICU. She’s had to have dialysis, respirator and has been in very serious condition from this. She also ate at the Country Cottage in Locust Grove, as did the other patients.

dmlbcombs, Claremore (8/25/2008 8:38:56 AM)

The restaurant in question is Country Cottage. Sad deal.

RockBoston, (8/25/2008 10:00:21 AM)

The person that died is a colleague of mine. Very sad how this stuff happens. I did not personally know the guy, but this is a big company so. The whole idea that eating at your favorite restaurant could kill you is mind numbing.

olamom – 10:21 AM

we ate at the country cottage or as some people call it the blue house in locust grove..on saturday and my little girl has bad stomach cramping and diarrea..

  • tulsandn

    My parents and some friend ate there the same day and had fried chicken along with many other things and nothing has effected them. My prayers are going out to all the people that are ill as well as the Resturant owners. This resturant has been a favorite to many people for many years.

  • Jennie

    It’s never been a better time to go vegetarian!

  • Judy

    I have noticed the tongs (or whatever the name is) handled by everyone are many times thrown on the food. This is very unsanitary as many of the customers I have seen have dirty hands. The staff must wash their hands but customers do not. I see this everywhere, a person coughed in his hands, scratched his head, then handled the same utensil I was to use to get food. Just this summer we saw a man scratch under his arm as he was heading to the food bar. Not at Country Cottage but at a buffet. I often wonder what rules the OK State Department of Health has on this?

  • Colleen Tillery

    I was just released after a 9 day stay from the Mercy Hospital in Okla City, Okla with the same symptoms as e.coli. We ate at the Country Cottage at the time this outbreak started. The state health department has been running some test to see if in fact I did have e.coli.