Health

9th Washington state polio-like case confirmed

Health officials say a Spokane County boy is the ninth person in Washington with a confirmed case of a rare syndrome that causes varying degrees of paralysis.

Multiple news outlets report the boy has acute flaccid myelitis, also known as AFM. The syndrome affects the spinal cord, resulting in arm or leg weakness or paralysis.

The other children found to have the syndrome this fall range in age from 3 to 14 and come from King, Pierce, Snohomish, Whatcom and Franklin counties.

The Seattle Times reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with local health officials to investigate the uncommon cluster of cases in the state.


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