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9th case of polio-like illness confirmed in Washington


A ninth child in Washington has been diagnosed with a rare, polio-like disease.

A ninth child in Washington has been diagnosed with a rare, polio-like disease.

Health officials confirmed Tuesday that a Spokane County boy under age 10 is suffering from acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

AFM is characterized by inflammation of the spinal cord, which results in limb weakness or paralysis. But the cause of the inflammation remains a mystery.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with local health officials to investigate the unusual cluster of cases in Washington this fall.

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