HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has confirmed a case of a polio-like illness that can cause paralyzing symptoms and prove fatal.
The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports this is the first confirmed case in the state this year and only the third since the state began tracking the illness in 2014. The agency did not disclose any information on the patient or the patient’s location.
The disease affects the spinal cord and brain stem. It can cause full paralysis within seven days, and complete recovery is uncommon.
This is one of several cases of acute flaccid myelitis confirmed across the country this year; Nebraska, North Carolina and Utah also have confirmed cases.
- Doctor: Unknowns About AFM Can Be ‘Scary,’ But Mysterious Illness Is Extremely Rare
- Health Department: 2 Additional Suspected Cases Of AFM Under Review In Pittsburgh
- CDC: Nearly 200 Cases Of AFM Confirmed In U.S. In 2018
- ‘It’s Going To Be A Marathon, Not A Sprint’: 6-Year-Old Boy Living With AFM Facing Long Road To Recovery
There were 228 confirmed cases nationwide last year.
(© Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)