Health officials investigating possible E. coli outbreak in Southern Utah
(KUTV) An E. coli outbreak is under investigation in Southern Utah after the deaths of at least two children, according to the Southwest Utah Public Health Department.
The children, both residents of Hildale, were are the hospital when they died, 2News' media partner the Salt Lake Tribune reported Saturday.
According to the health department, the outbreak is confined to a limited area and there is no risk to the larger community.
David Heaton, a member of the health department, told the Tribune, "All the water testing we've done in Hildale has been clean, so we're focusing all our efforts on contaminated food or exposure to animals."
E. coli can cause "diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, bloodstream infections, and other illnesses," the health department says.
The bacteria is usually spread when small amount of human or animal waste is ingested. This can come from unwashed hands, contaminated food or water, or animals.