HEALTH

Cache County health officials investigating E. coli outbreak

Aug 29, 2023, 3:12 PM | Updated: 3:41 pm

FILE - This colorized 2006 scanning electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Dis...

FILE - This colorized 2006 scanning electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows E. coli bacteria of the O157:H7 strain that produces a powerful toxin which can cause illness. Health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli food poisoning among students at the University of Arkansas in late August 2023, with dozens reporting symptoms and several needing treatment in the hospital. (Janice Haney Carr/CDC via AP, File)
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(Janice Haney Carr/CDC via AP, File)

LOGAN, Utah — The Bear River Health Department is investigating an E. Coli outbreak and infections in Cache County. Six confirmed cases have been reported to the department.

Officials say the source of the outbreak is under investigation, but that this outbreak has the hallmarks of a potential cluster of cases.


 

However, Bear River health officials do not believe there is a risk to the general public right now. 

Health officials say the best defense against something like E. coli is to practice good handwashing, cook food thoroughly, and thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables.

E. coli reported last week in Utah County

In Utah County, health officials confirmed 12 cases of E. coli contamination in the Lehi area. Six people were hospitalized including one small child.

Health officials say most strains of E.coli bacteria are harmless, but that some can lead to severe illness. The symptoms include:

  • diarrhea, which may be bloody,
  • abdominal cramps and pain,
  • nausea and vomiting, and
  • fever.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, report this to your doctor.

This story is developing and will be updated.

 

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Cache County health officials investigating E. coli outbreak