Health department investigating E. coli ‘outbreak’ in Hildale after two children die

At this point, he said, the department does not suspect the community at-large to be at risk.

“We are focusing on a contained area … at one location,” Heaton said. He declined to release details, including the address of the location in question, citing the ongoing investigation.

It has been awhile since there’s been an outbreak of E. coli bacteria in southern Utah, Heaton said, though there have been individual cases from time to time.

Symptoms of E. coli infections include severe stomach cramping, vomiting and diarrhea, which may be bloody. Anyone experiencing those symptoms should contact a medical provider.

Hildale and Colorado City, Ariz. — collectively known as Short Creek — have been home to members of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints for decades.

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