Klobuchar Calls for CDC Investigation of Polio-Like Illness

6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disease

Klobuchar Calls for CDC Investigation of Polio-Like Illness

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.

According to the Washington Department of Health, the children are being evaluated for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare condition that affects a person's nervous system and can cause paralysis.

On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health announced there have been a total of six reports of pediatric acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) since September 20.

There were two other suspected cases of AFM in the state earlier this year, according to Schultz. An additional possible case of AFM was reported out of Skagit County on Thursday. Four of the five had a fever of 100.4 or higher.

Dr. Fernando Acosta Jr., a neurologist at Cook Children's, said there is no cure or treatment at this time.

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The Center for Disease Control started tracking AFM in 2014 and in one study, it found about a quarter of patients had fully recovered and regained use of their muscles after one year.

"At this point there isn't evidence that would point to a single source of illness among these cases", Dr. Scott Lindquist, state infectious disease epidemiologist at the Department of Health, said. "We're working closely with medical providers and public health agencies". It is actively investigating AFM cases, and trying to unearth more information about the mysterious condition. It's also known as 'AFM'. Some people with AFM may be unable to urinate.

"But just because you catch the virus from somebody that developed AFM, doesn't mean that you will also develop AFM", Dr. Meade explained. The other is an 8-year-old girl from IN, whose father said she has some paralysis and a partially-collapsed lung.

Herlihy noted it's "quite rare" to suffer neurological complications like AFM, encephalitis and meningitis from enteroviruses.

In 2017, 33 cases were reported in 16 states.

While we don't know if it is effective in preventing AFM, steps you can take to help stay healthy include: washing your hands often with soap and water, avoiding close contact with sick people and cleaning surfaces with a disinfectant, especially surfaces that a sick person has touched.

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