Two Children Dead in Ecoli Outbreak at Arizona-Utah Border

Two Children Dead in Ecoli Outbreak at Arizona-Utah Border

Parasite Testing Article – E.Coli Outbreak at Arizona-Utah border, affects the single polygamous town.


According to the State of Utah health authorities, two children were killed and four others were sickened due to an E.coli outbreak in a popularly polygamous community. The bacteria outbreak occurred just on the Utah-Arizona border, in a town called Hildale. Early indications, however, suggest that the E.coli outbreak may be linked to food that has recently been contaminated or exposure to animals. The town of Hildale had its’ water supply examined, and does not show any leads that contain E.coli.

David Heaton, spokesman for the Southwest Utah Public Health Department said the outbreak appears to be isolated to one neighborhood. Heaton said he can not release the names or the ages of the deceased children, but he can share that the two died from getting hemolytic uremic syndrome, also known as HUS. HUS is a disease characterized by a triad of hemolytic anemia, acute kidney failure, and low platelet count. E.coli can cause diarrhea, cramps, extreme nausea, headaches and other terrible symptoms.

The Utah Department of Health spokeswoman, Jenny Johnson, explained that deaths from E.coli are rare, and occur in an average of only one person every year from the illness, in Utah. The state of Utah holds approximately three million people. There are approximately 90 cases per year, in the state of Utah; The strain of E.coli contains a toxin called Shiga, that makes people awfully sick.

The four others that had come down with E.coli in Hildale are children and adults, but Heaton didn’t have the exact words regarding those individuals. He declined when we asked him to release the conditions of those people, but stated that they’ve all received proper medical care and treatment.

The sister towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona, are home to a polygamous group known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This radical off-shoot of mainstream Mormonism practices polygamy, a practice disavowed by Mormonism over 100 years ago.

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