Of the 314 people who were sick, 246 were adults and 65 were children, while the ages of three were not yet known, the OSDH said. Seventeen people received kidney dialysis treatment for hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal condition. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) said that the last known case-patient fell ill Sep 6 and that it believed the outbreak was over. All the cases have been linked to the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove, Okla., the OSDH said. According to previous reports, most cases occurred in people who ate at the restaurant between Aug 15 and 17. Sep 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) An outbreak of Escherichia coli O111 infections in Oklahoma seems to have run its course after sickening 314 people, putting 72 in hospitals, and killing one, Oklahoma officials announced yesterday. See also: Investigators have interviewed 1,843 people in connection with the outbreak, the OSDH said, but have not yet identified a specific food vehicle in the outbreak. “Health investigators are reviewing results of interviews with persons who ate at the Country Cottage to determine the possible association of illness to specific food items. This analysis could take several weeks,” the OSDH said. E coli O111 is a fairly unusual strain, far less common than O157:H7, the type identified in most E coli outbreaks, but it causes a similar illness. Oklahoma officials believe the cases there represent the largest O111 outbreak reported in the United States to date. Sep 16 OSDH update Last week a state official said investigators were considering the possibility that the restaurant had an infected employee who handled many different foods, since the investigation hadn’t pointed to any specific foods.
Nigeria’s outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has said that his friends deserted him after he lost Nigeria’s elections in March.Goodluck was defeated in a close election by his opposition opponent Muhammadu Buhari ion the elections that were said to be closely contested and the first to be worn by an opposition candidate.Speaking on Sunday Goodluck said that some of his friends deserted him shortly after he conceded defeat to his rival General Muhammadu Buhari in the March election.Jonathan publicly conceded defeat to Buhari on March 31, a decision which was commended by local and foreign commentators and doused tension in the country. “Some hard decisions have their own costs.According to a report by AFP, Goodluck said , ”No doubt about that. It is a very costly decision but I must be very ready to pay for it,” Jonathan said during a farewell church service in Abuja.Jonathan’s public admission of defeat in the nail-biting election came more than six hours after he rang Buhari to concede, earning him widespread praise for statesmanship.“If you take certain decisions, you should know that people close to you will even abandon you at some point.I tell people that more of my so-called friends will disappear.”Many party faithful and erstwhile loyalists of Jonathan have either crossed over to Buhari’s All Progressives Congress or made harsh statements against Jonathan’s party or its leaders.Jonathan said he was not surprised by the desertions or statements by his former loyalists, adding that former South African president Frederik de Klerk faced a similar situation when he decided to abolish minority rule in that country.Jonathan said that de Klerk’s marriage to his wife, Marike, broke down after he took that decision. “But that is the only decision that made South Africa to still be a global player.If by this time we still have minority rule in South Africa, nobody would have been talking about South Africa in the present generation,” he said. He said that ministers who served under him should brace themselves for “persecution” following his loss and his decision to concede defeat.Buhari, a former military leader, is scheduled to be sworn into office on May 29th.
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