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Deadly Utah-Arizona E. coli outbreak blamed on farm animals

Infected farm animals followed by person-to-person contamination were the likely cause of an E coli O157:H7 outbreak that killed two children and sickened ten other people in a remote community on the Utah-Arizona border. Public health officials say the outbreak was likely caused by animal manure containing  E. coli O157:H7 bacteria  being spread by humans. The… Continue Reading

E. coli outbreak source unknown, but ground beef ruled out

Public health officials have ruled out ground beef as the likely source of an E. coli outbreak in southwest Utah, but they have not been able to pinpoint the source of the bacteria, which has already killed two children. “While the investigation continues into a source for this E. coli outbreak, we’ve determined ground beef is not… Continue Reading

CDC joins E. coli investigation along Utah-Arizona border

In the last couple weeks, the posse has gotten bigger, but the source of a troubling E. coli O157:H7 outbreak on the Utah-Arizona border still has not been identified. Now joined in the ongoing investigation into the Hildale,UT/Colorado City, AZ, area outbreak are the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, Mohave County Department of Health, Utah… Continue Reading

E. coli outbreak sparks warning about raw milk, ground beef

The E. coli outbreak in southwest Utah that has already killed two is growing, and public health officials there have warned people to avoid consuming raw milk or recently purchased ground beef. Officials with the Southwest Utah Public Health Department initially reported six victims in a July 3 health alert. As of Tuesday, 11 victims… Continue Reading

House divided for residents at center of Utah E. coli outbreak

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department did not officially determine the source of a E. coli outbreak during the long Independence Day weekend. However, it probably won’t be much longer before a source is named for the outbreak that is centered in the communities of Hildale, UT, and Colorado City, AZ. Six people have been infected in… Continue Reading

Hunt for source of two deadly E. coli infections underway in Utah

Two Utah children are dead from E. coli infections in recent days,  and local  health officials do not know how the victims were exposed to the pathogen.  The children were both residents of the polygamist enclave of Hildale, UT where Deputy Marshal Daniel Musser says it’s possible other  children  in the area might have also been… Continue Reading

Employee at Utah Restaurant Tests Positive for Hepatitis A

An employee at the Pizza Cart restaurant in Cedar City, UT, has tested positive for Hepatitis A, according to the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. Department officials are alerting customers who ate at the restaurant from April 29-June 1, 2015, that they may have been exposed to the virus. Those previously vaccinated for Hepatitis A are… Continue Reading