Outbreak Updates (2017)

  • Update (7-21-17, 5:00pm): While the investigation continues into a source for this E. coli outbreak, we’ve determined ground beef is not a likely cause.  The advisory not to consume previously purchased ground beef is discontinued. In the meantime, health officials encourage you to follow these practices to prevent infection:
    • Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after preparing or eating food, after using the bathroom and changing diapers, after contact with animals or environments with exposure to animal feces, and before touching anything that enters an infant’s mouth.
    • Don’t allow raw food to touch cooked food. Carefully clean all surfaces and objects that have touched raw meat.
    • Cook meats thoroughly. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.

    Update (7-20-17, 4:30pm): Investigation of the E. coli outbreak continues with the combined efforts of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, Mohave County Department of Health, Utah Department of Health, and the Arizona Department of Health Services. These agencies have also been joined by representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    • Confirmed case count is 12.
    • The source of this outbreak has not been identified.
    • Because E. coli can be passed from several different sources, including person to person, it is always important to follow these practices to prevent infection:
      • Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after preparing or eating food, after using the bathroom and changing diapers, after contact with animals or environments with exposure to animal feces, and before touching anything that enters an infant’s mouth.
      • Don’t allow raw food to touch cooked food. Carefully clean all surfaces and objects that have touched raw meat.
      • Cook meats thoroughly. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
      • Avoid raw (unpasteurized) milk, dairy products, and juices.
      • Don’t swallow water when swimming.
  • Update (7-11-17, 9:00am): There are currently 11 confirmed cases of E.coli involved in this outbreak, which remains under investigation.  The Southwest Utah Public Health Department is advising residents of Hildale and surrounding areas not to consume raw milk or any previously purchased ground beef until further notice.
  • Update (7-7-17, 4:30pm): The Southwest Utah Public Health Department is advising residents of Hildale and surrounding areas not to consume any previously purchased ground beef until further notice.
  • Update on E.coli investigation (7-7-17): Water testing continues to show no E.coli in the drinking water. Residents can view information on local water systems at www.waterlink.utah.gov. There have been 9 confirmed E.coli cases related to this outbreak.
  • Update on E.coli investigation (7-5-17): Testing continues this week as part of the effort to identify the source of this outbreak. Results so far indicate that there is no E.coli in the city water system. Due to the seriousness of the E.coli strain being investigated, those experiencing symptoms should seek medical care.
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