Suspected E. coli claims Oklahoma newlywed; dozens sickened

The Tulsa World reports that Chad Ingle married the love of his life June 21.

He died just nine weeks later, on Sunday, of what is suspected to be E. coli poisoning. He was 26.

His sister, Laura Claypool, said Ingle ate a meal Sunday Aug. 17 at the Country Cottage in Locust Grove, a popular family-owned buffet-style restaurant.

Ingle fell ill Wednesday night with severe stomach pain and diarrhea and went to Integris Mayes County Medical Center. On Thursday, he began to pass blood.

An ambulance took him to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa on Friday. He underwent a colonoscopy, and doctors concluded that he had acute colitis, Claypool said.

Ingle felt better Friday evening and urged his parents to return home. But his condition grew worse, and his mother-in-law called Ingle’s parents Saturday morning to return to St. Francis.

"By the time Mom and Dad got there, they had called a code blue," Claypool said. Ingle was placed on kidney dialysis, but he died Sunday, she said.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said it is investigating an outbreak of severe diarrheal illness among residents of several northeastern Oklahoma communities. At least 17 cases have been hospitalized and 40 or more potential cases are under investigation. One person has died.

One dead, 11 sickened in Oklahoma E. coli outbreak

The Tulsa World is reporting that one person died and 11 others are suffering from illnesses, possibly related to E. coli, and remain hospitalized.

Leslea Bennett-Webb, communications director for the Oklahoma Department of Health, confirmed at least 10 people were taken to the hospital after eating at a restaurant in Locust Grove, and that between 12 to 20 more people in Beggs, Pryor and Bixby were treated at various Northeast Oklahoma hospitals with similar symptoms this past week.

The story says these illnesses are a very severe and bloody form of diarrhea.