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Mysterious paralyzing illness leaves Washington families reeling

Olga Buiter plays with her daughter, Zoe, on a physical therapy wedge at their home in Northwest Seattle on Saturday, October 13. The seven-month-old was recently diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis, or mystery paralysis, after her parents noticed she had stopped using her right arm. 208130

As rare as it is, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is spiking this year, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that in 2018 there have been 127 confirmed or reported cases nationwide. Of those, eight are in Washington state (six are pending confirmation by the CDC).  VIEW

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