HILDALE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) — New information about a deadly outbreak of E. Coli. Health Officials have confirmed 6 cases in Hildale.
“The Health Department has confirmed two deaths although they have not released names … friends of the family tell me they were both children … both neighbors. “
“The first one was three and he passed away in Las Vegas, and Gabriella passed away up in Salt Lake at Primary Children’s Hospital,” said Jamie Rosado, a family friend.
Rosado is a close friend of Gabriella Fullerton’s father. On Monday she spoke about the outbreak that took 6-year-old Gabriella’s life.
“She was pretty much the love of his life. He kept breathing for that child. She was his everything,” said Rosado.
Health Department Officials continue their investigation Monday and say they still don’t know the source, although after testing they’ve determined water is not a factor.
“At this point we’re focusing specifically on infected animal exposure, or food contamination which is a form of food poisoning,” said David Heaton with the Southwest Utah Public Health Department
“Just to pray for this family, for comfort for them, that they can all get through this, she was a very loved child, she is already very missed,” said Rosado.
Although Health officials say outbreaks affecting this many people are rare, it appears to be confined to a limited area in Hildale,
Officials say hand washing is vital to prevent the spread.
“It can come and be passed around so fast and it really is that important to wash your child’s hands after they play, wash their hands every time they’re going to eat, because it just takes one, one little germ and it’s a death sentence,” said Rosado.