Oklahoma E coli outbreak grows to 291 cases

first_img The illnesses have been blamed on E coli O111, a much less common strain than O157:H7, the variety usually identified in outbreaks. Oklahoma officials have said they believe the outbreak is the largest one involving O111 ever reported in the United States. Most case-patients had eaten at the Country Cottage restaurant in the northeastern Oklahoma town of Locust Grove between Aug 15 and 17, the OSDH has said. The agency has not identified a specific food source for the outbreak, despite having interviewed more than 1,700 people. Health officials also were investigating a church event that was catered by the Country Cottage restaurant on Aug 16, the OSDH said in the Sep 12 update. At least 30 of 250 people who attended the event at the Bethany Free Will Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Okla., reported they became ill with diarrhea or other, milder symptoms, the statement said. An OSDH official said last week that because investigators had not identified a specific food source in the outbreak, they suspected that a staff member who handled many foods at the buffet-style restaurant might have been infected and spread the contamination. Sep 15, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The number of people involved in a restaurant-related outbreak of an uncommon strain of Escherichia coli has risen to 291, including 67 who were hospitalized, Oklahoma officials reported recently. Sixteen of the hospital patients have received kidney dialysis treatment, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reported in its latest official update on Sep 12. One person, a 26-year-old man, has died in the outbreak. The department said it did not plan to interview any more customers of the restaurant after Sep 12. See also: In investigating the church event, the OSDH was joined by the Tulsa Health Department and a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency said. Sep 12 OSDH news release Sep 10 CIDRAP News story “Unusual E coli strain sickens 231 in Oklahoma”last_img read more

Affordable housing proposed in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — Officials in Batesville have approved a new 12-lot subdivision near downtown.Reports indicate the subdivision developed by Charlie Gillman would have starter and affordable homes.Batesville city council will consider the proposal next.last_img

Kevin O’Neill accused of involvement in altercation

first_imgAccording to PointGuardU.com, an Arizona-centric website, USC coach Kevin O’Neill and his wife, Roberta, were involved in a heated altercation with university donor Paul Weitman inside the JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles hours just after the Trojans’ 70-56 quarterfinal win over California in the Pac-10 tournament.KVOA.com in Tucson reports the O’Neills had to be escorted off hotel property after Roberta struck a long-time Arizona fan.The station says the nature of the confrontation is unknown at this time and would not confirm whether the long-time fan was in fact Weitman.“We have received some information about an incident involving coach Kevin O’Neill, his wife and a fan from another school that occurred following our men’s basketball game today,” USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement last night. “We are looking into this and gathering facts. We will determine what appropriate action is necessary.O’Neill served as the Wildcats’ coach on an interim basis during the 2007-2008 season while Lute Olson took a leave of absence from the team.It was long believed he would succeed Olson in Tucson, Ariz., but the university failed to drop his interim tag and fired him after just one season.Tonight’s semifinal between the Trojans and No. 15 Arizona is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Staples Center.Whether O’Neill will be on the USC sideline for tonight’s game remains unclear, but he did issue an apology during a phone interview with Yahoo! Sports.“I apologize to the university,” he said. “The last thing I’d ever want to do is cause anyone any embarrassment. I’m confident our team won’t let this become a distraction.”O’Neill went on to admit he had had a “few drinks” but claims initial reports about the incident are “grossly inaccurate.”last_img read more

Caldwell boys win first round state tournament game

first_imgWheatland14138176–58 Sumner Newscow report — The Caldwell boys basketball team advanced to the second round of the Class 1A Division II State Basketball Tournament in Dodge City with an exciting 65-58 overtime victory over Grinnell-Wheatland-Grainfield Friday night.Caldwell (20-4) will play Sharon Springs-Wallace County (22-2) on Friday at 8:15 p.m. at the Dodge City Events Center.The Bluejays survived a last second shot by a Thunderhawk player who took an inbound pass and threw up a prayer from over 25 feet. It banked in to send the the game into overtime to tie the game at 52-all.A Sumner Newscow reader sent us this picture. Look at the clock on the far left and the Wheatland-Grainfield player shooting the last second shot. As you can see, the shot should have been voided, because he had not released the ball yet.Once in overtime, Wheatland would open the extra frame with a deuce. Then Kaden Hallen, who scored 28 points for the game, would hit a deuce and free throw thereafter.With 29.1 seconds, Dilyn Lee would then break a 58-all tie with a layup and free throw thereafter. After a Wheatland missed on the other end, Halling hit two free throws. He would hit two more before clinching victory.Wallace County won its game against Fowler 68-44.Caldwell 65, Wheatland-Grin. 58, OT  Wheatland-Grinnell: Heier 6-17 0-0 15, Zimmerman 3-11 3-3 9, Goetz 7-10 0-0 17, Schwarz 0-3 0-0 0, Holaday 5-7 0-0 10, Esparza 0-0 0-0 0, Ostmeyer 2-4 0-0 5, Prewo 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 24-54 3-3 58.Caldwell: Bruey 0-1 0-0 0, Halling 12-20 4-5 28, Ward 7-19 2-3 19, Kendrick 2-7 2-4 6, Wencel 2-9 0-0 4, Lee 3-4 2-3 8, Stuewe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 10-15 65.Three-point shooting – Wheatland 7-23 (Goetz 3-5, Heier 3-9, Ostmeyer 1-2, Schwarz 0-2, Zimmerman 0-5), Caldwell 3-13 (Ward 3-9, Lee 0-1, Kendrick 0-3). Rebounds – Wheatland 33 (Heier 8), Caldwell 35 (Wencel 13). Fouls – Wheatland 17, Caldwell 13.Follow us on Twitter. ‘ Caldwell1012161413–65last_img read more