‘Cancer’ outbreak hits U.S. as 2 people die in Arizona
Two people have died and several others have been hospitalized after a cancer outbreak hit the Southwest.
The deaths were reported in Tucson and Tempe, Arizona.
They were not immediately released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A person who was not immediately identified was found dead at a home in Tempe Sunday night, according to the Tempe Police Department.
A man was also found unresponsive at a residence in Tucson late Sunday night.
The two victims are from Arizona.
Officials said two people who died in the Arizona area were from Arizona, one was from the Phoenix area and the other was from Tucson.
The Arizona Department of Health and Human Services said the two deaths were related to a person who died from disseminated melanoma, the second of its kind in the state.
The death was confirmed in a news release from the department late Sunday.
People in Arizona have been urged to avoid travel to the Southwest, which has been affected by the spread of the coronavirus.
A state of emergency was declared in the Phoenix metro area, including the area around the Phoenix Convention Center.
A man is taken to a hospital following a health alert in Phoenix, Arizona, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2018.
Authorities said they have two deaths related to the spread and the death of a person from disseminating melanoma in Arizona, according the Arizona Department for Health and Services.
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)A man who was taken to the hospital following an alert in Arizona said the disease spread quickly in the metro area and was spreading to other parts of the state, according an AP reporter.
The man, who asked not to be identified, said he was in Arizona for about two months when he started to get sick.
He said he had never been sick before, but he had been feeling sick for a few days and decided to call a friend who lived in Phoenix.
The friend told him to stay in his home until it was clear what was happening.
That was three days later.
The next day, he said, the friend brought him to a doctor who tested positive for the disease.
The man said he got a letter on Friday saying that he had spread the disease and was being taken to Arizona.
He called the local health department, but they told him not to call them because the local doctors would not treat him.
He said he went to a health clinic and was taken there on Saturday to get tested.
A few days later, he was hospitalized.
A health official told AP the man is in critical condition.
The health department said it is continuing to investigate.