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Posted on: October 10, 2018

Increase in suspected cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in Washington State since August 2018

Current situation in Washington (WA)

  • A cluster of suspected acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) has been reported among Washington residents. 
  • As of October 9th, five WA cases are being evaluated by CDC neurologists and other AFM experts.
  • All cases are among children between 7 months and 5 years of age who presented with acute paralysis of one or more limbs. All had a prodrome that included respiratory symptoms in the week prior to presentation with symptoms of AFM. Four of the five had fever of 100.4 F or greater.
  • The earliest onset of limb weakness was on August 28, 2018 and the most recent on October 5th.
  • The cases are residents of King County (2), Pierce County (1), Lewis County (1), and Snohomish County (1).
  • A recent case is resident of Yakima County.

For more information, please read the full, News Release

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