MADISON — Wisconsin, which has two confirmed cases of a rare paralyzing illness that mostly affects children, is investigating another six possible cases, a state health official said Friday. At least 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, which causes muscle weakness or paralysis, have been confirmed in 22 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week. Wisconsin’s two cases involve an adult from the southeastern part of the state and a child from the southern
After a week with a dry cough, 16-year-old Ian McCracken started experiencing middle-of-the-night coughing fits so severe, he couldn’t talk. He returned home from his first trip to the urgent care clinic in mid-July with an inhaler and a five-day course of steroids. The coughing fits didn’t abate, and after a few days, Ian jumped out of bed and got his mom’s attention by clapping his hands, unable to get any words out. The Decatur, Ga., teenager gasped for air, tears running down his face.