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6-yr-old boy dies of Polio-like Illness as Disease spreads in US

A polio-like disease has affected United States, and has killed a 6-year-old boy in the state of Washington on Sunday, while seven other children have been affected.

The boy, who surrendered to sickness, Daniel Ramirez was taken to Seattle Children’s Hospital in October afflicted with an unknown virus that caused his brain to swell. He was placed in a medically induced coma, according to the GoFundMe page created by his family.

However, according to a Facebook post from his family, he died on Sunday, October 30, 2016.

"It saddens us to announce that Daniel passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016, surrounded by his family. Daniel was an amazingly sweet little boy, who could put a smile on anyone’s face. He had a personality that made him loved by everyone who ever met him. Daniel was taken from us too soon, but his memory will live on, and he will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Sweet Daniel!

"Daniel’s Family wants to thank you all for the great amount of support that has been shown to them and Daniel, and asks that you continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Service/ Celebration of Life details will be updated as they become available.

"We ask that you please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time and limit contact to this support page. If you need to reach them, please feel free to private message us or email us at prayingfordaniel@gmail.com, we will make sure they get the messages…"

The rare condition has been documented in 33 states that have confirmed cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) in 89 patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of those patients have been children.

AFM is very similar to polio in its target of the nervous system, spinal chord and symptoms of limp weakness, paralysis and respiratory failure.

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