Two people died and at least three others were injured after a salt zombie outbreak swept the southeastern United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.
The outbreak began Friday in Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, but authorities said Monday that more than 4,000 people in the three states have died.
The deadly strain of the virus, which is spreading rapidly among the elderly, was discovered in southern Utah, which was the site of the largest outbreak, the CDC said.
The Utah Department of Health said two people were hospitalized.
Salt Lake County is home to about 9,500 residents, according to the CDC.
Officials have not determined how the outbreak started.
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said in a statement Monday that the outbreak had spread to other communities.
“As we prepare for the holiday season, I want to thank the brave men and women of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Salt County Emergency Management Agency for their quick response and the safety of their residents,” Biskupksi said.