The Yakima Health District is now waiting for information from the Centers for Disease Control on a suspected case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis, a very rare condition that affects the nervous system. Melissa Sixberry Director of Disease Control says the patient was examined and samples were taken to determine if the patient has AFM.
Sixberry says the results should be available within the next 2 to 3 weeks. Currently there's one confirmed case in lewis county and seven other suspected cases in the state including one in Yakima. AFM is a very rare condition that affects the nervous system.
AFM can cause a range of types and severity of symptoms, but the commonality among them is a loss of strength or movement in one or more arms or legs.
Sixberry says all the patients had upper respiratory infections in the weeks leading up to the diagnoses.