UC Irvine’s Hospital is currently treating a Riverside, California politician is for Guillain-Barre syndrome. The temporary illness causes the immune system to attack the nerves. Although the medical community can’t agree on what causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome, it is often linked as a side effect of the flu shot.
California Assemblyman Jose Medina’s office announced the diagnosis of the rare autoimmune disorder on November 30th. According top pe.com, the official diagnosis came in mid-November.
“In mid-November, I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a temporary condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves,” Medina, D-Riverside, said in an emailed statement.
“I have been receiving top-notch treatment at UC Irvine’s Hospital. I am progressing well as I undergo physical therapy and am expected to make a full and speedy recovery. As I continue to recover, my district and Capitol offices will continue regular operations to serve constituents.”
Up to 6,000 people per year are diagnosed with the illness that can often paralyze arms and legs.
The 65-year-old Medina has represented California’s 61st Assembly District since 2012.
Although speculation exists, there are no firm details as to whether or not Medina did indeed receive a flu shot.
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