HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed a case of poliomyelitis-like illness that can cause paralyzing symptoms and be fatal.
The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reported that this is the first confirmed case in the state this year and only the third since the state began tracking the disease in 2014.
The DHHR did not disclose any information about the patient or the location of the patient.
The disease affects the spinal cord and brainstem. It can cause complete paralysis within seven days and complete recovery is uncommon.
The case is one of several cases of acute flaccid myelitis confirmed throughout the country this year; Nebraska, North Carolina and Utah also confirmed cases. There have been 228 confirmed cases across the country last year.
Information on: The Herald-Dispatch, http://www.herald-dispatch.com
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