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Deadly disease spreads in Washington State

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Eight kids have been admitted to the Children’s Hospital in Washington State with cold like symptoms, but what many people don’t know is that these cold like symptoms are deadly. These kids don’t have just any cold, they have been diagnosed with AFM (Acute Flaccid Myelitis).

AFM is a condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, which can result in a variety of infections. At the moment there is no specific cure for this illness, and doctors do not know the cause.

Out of the eight kids admitted into the Children’s Hospital in Washington State, one of the kids, Daniel Ramirez, passed away just a few days after he was admitted into the hospital. Daniel’s case was more severe then the others. On October 28th Daniel was sent to the hospital with cold like symptoms and dizziness. He was paralyzed within a few hours and never recovered

With this random outbreak, people all over the world need to be concerned and notified. “No I have not heard about this disease, but I feel like the news channels need to make people more aware,” said freshman, Lauren Stancil. “The biggest concern about the recent increase of AFM diagnoses is the unknown cause of the illness and its onset on a specific geographical location. Hopefully with more information and research a treatment and vaccine can be found,” said biology teacher Ms. Simon. With that said, hopefully people will become more aware of this disease, and research will be done.

This disease has not been reported since 2014, when it effected Hayden Werdal, who is now in a wheel chair from this disease, but this disease seems to be making a major comeback.  Comment below with your opinions on how seriously student should be taking this news.

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