Police Investigating Arizona Man Who Died After Ingesting Fish Tank Cleaner

Arizona police are investigating the death of a man who died last month after he and his wife drank soda and fish tank cleaner in a supposed effort to fight the coronavirus, Fox News reports.

The Arizona couple, Wanda and Gary Lenius, required immediate hospital assistance within 30 minutes of ingesting the drug chloroquine phosphate, an ingredient found in fish tank cleaner, which they had allegedly confused for hydroxychloroquine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Friday that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine should not be used outside of a hospital or a clinical setting.

Wanda, 61, also became ill from the chloroquine phosphate but was able to throw up much of the drug and recovered, said Dr. Daniel Brooks, Banner Poison and Drug Information Center medical director.

Wanda, told NBC News that she and her husband consumed the fish tank cleaner because she heard President Trump talk about the drug chloroquine.

“My advice is don’t believe anything that the president says and his people because they don’t know what they’re talking about,” she later said.

Jason Flam, a spokesman for the Mesa City Police Department who spoke to Fox News, dismissed reports that the investigation is being treated as a homicide. He said it is part of the department’s protocol for homicide detectives to investigate every death in the city of Mesa, “whether it be from hospice or a car accident or a suicide or even natural.”

“It’s just normal protocol. There’s nothing extraordinary,” the investigator said. “What we’re doing is what we’ve done for every other death investigation in Mesa for as long as I can remember.”

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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