Leukemia Cluster

The results of genetic testing conducted as part of an investigation into a child leukemia cluster in Fallon will be released next week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took DNA samples from study participants to try to determine if genetics contributed to the cancer outbreak.

The CDC will release the results November 29th at a forum on the Fallon campus of Western Nevada Community College.

Since 1997, 17 children with ties to Fallon were diagnosed with leukemia. Three have died.

State health officials began an investigation in 2000 when a rise in childhood leukemia cases in Fallon came to its attention.

After nine cases were diagnosed in one year, it became a topic of importance to the C-D-C and the investigation went back to subsequent years where more cases were found in the area.

Several theories about the cause of the cluster have been explored, but none have been scientifically proven.