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This Is The Number One Unsolved Mystery In Nevada And It Will Leave You Baffled

Located approximately 50 miles northeast of Carson City, Nevada is the small, farming town of Fallon. From the outside looking in, this Nevada town seems like the perfect place to raise a family. But is it really? Between the years 1997 and 2002, this rural town experienced the deaths of 17 children. What was odd about these deaths is that all the children were diagnosed with the same type of cancer; leukemia. Three of these children eventually died.

The first case was of Dustin Gross in 1997. His mother noticed that he had strange bruises covering his arms and back, along with little red blood specks on his skin’s surface. When his blood was drawn, doctors informed his family that he had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This particular leukemia usually affects children between the ages of two and nine. Because it can be fatal, Dustin quickly began aggressive chemotherapy.

During the following two years, 14 more children in Fallon contracted the exact same leukemia that Dustin had. According to authorities, this cancer outbreak was more than just a coincidence. Before more children became ill, parents continued searching for answers. A few weeks after Dustin’s diagnosis, two more children became ill with leukemia and the local hospital’s cancer treatment facility became overwhelmed. Barbara DeBraga, a registered nurse, feared the outbreak was a cancer cluster. After she contacted the state assemblyperson from the Fallon area, an official investigation began.

While the state epidemiologist, Dr. Randall Todd, began looking into what was causing the outbreak, a fifth and sixth child contracted leukemia. Dr. Todd believed an environmental toxin was the possible cause of this outbreak, but nothing ever came of that.

After Zach Beardsley was diagnosed with childhood leukemia, his mother allowed a team of scientists into her home. They vacuumed, took dust samples, air quality samples, water samples, did biological testing and performed blood tests. There wasn’t any evidence inside her home suggesting the cause of the cancer was there.

Many people speculated arsenic and mercury in the water was responsible for these cancer cases, especially since arsenic and mercury was found in several nearby lakes and rivers where the children often played. Others believed farm pesticides or a certain type of jet fuel was to blame. There have been many possibilities, but none of the theories have ever been confirmed.

For an in-depth look at this cancer cluster mystery, check out the video below:

Experts are now starting to believe ground deposits of cobalt and tungsten may have caused the cancer outbreak in Fallon. What do you think? Do you believe this was the cause behind this cancer outbreak? Share your thoughts with us below!

Jennifer
Jennifer is the Alabama staff writer for Only In Your State.