Confirmed cluster of polio-like ‘mystery illness’ in Washington State

Eight of nine children exhibiting symptoms of a mysterious illness have been confirmed to be suffering from acute flaccid myelitis, a highly infectious polio-like disease that primarily strikes children, the Washington State Department of Health announced Friday. However, the ninth case, a 6-year old boy who died last Sunday, did not have the disease.

The department announced the results following an analysis of the blood, stool and respiratory samples by the Centers for Disease Control.


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