A six-year-old boy has died after contracting a mysterious paralyzing polio-like disease that is sweeping the US.
Daniel Ramirez was admitted to Seattle Children's Hospital on October 15, with slurred speech, drooling, incontinence, and pain in his leg.
At first his parents Marijo de Guzman and Jose Ramirez, of Bellingham, Washington, thought he had a stomach ache but tests revealed he was one of hundreds of children to have recently contracted a rare virus called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which attacks the brain and the spinal cord.
The disease was first identified in 2014 when more than 100 children were hospitalized. Scores of them are yet to make a full recovery.
So far, the medical community remains largely ignorant about what causes the disease and how to treat it.