A Saratoga Springs man in his early 30s died Tuesday hours after ingesting a hazardous substance, and two dozen people at the health clinic where he went for treatment were quarantined, officials said.
Intermountain Healthcare spokeswoman Janet Frank said the man, who police identified as Maurico Layaco, apparently ingested selenomethionine at his job. She said early reports indicated that Layaco inhaled the substance but she could not confirm that.
“We know that he was at work in Payson, where the exposure occurred,” Frank said.
Police say Layaco's worked at Sabinsa Corporation.
Several hazmat crews in protective gear responded Layaco's home near 130 West and Daybreak Lane in Saratoga Springs Tuesday afternoon.
Frank said Layaco went home, changed his clothes, then went to the nearby InstaCare clinic because he wasn't feeling well. He later died at a hospital or on the way.
Police said in addition to the selenomethionine, Layaco also had calcium citrate in his system. However, doctors believe it was the selenomethionine that killed him.
KSL News spoke with a neighbor who told us his wife was actually inside of that house babysitting Layaco's children.
“I understood that he was working with some experimental cancer drug and got contaminated,” neighbor David Marshall said. “They told my wife and neighbor that they are contaminated and can't leave the house for now.”
In addition to Layaco's house, hazmat crews have quarantined the InstaCare clinic where the man sought help.
Frank says the clinic was shut down and 24 people there were quarantined. She says eight of them were being decontaminated in a tent on the clinic site. She says none complained of feeling ill.