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Rare Disease May Have Spread To California

East Bay Times-


There are now four suspected cases of the rare polio-like disease, acute flaccid myelitis, under investigation in California, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. The mysterious disease, also known as AFM, causes sudden and unexplained paralysis, usually in children.

Federal health officials have confirmed 62 cases of AFM in the U.S. this year across 22 states, and there are 65 more under investigation, including the four possible cases in California. The state Department of Public Health is not releasing any information on the suspected cases, including locations and ages of patients yet.

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