Five kids hospitalized with rare sudden limb paralysis

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 11, 2018

AFM is a rare but serious condition that has been compared with polio because it, too, can lead to paralysis and, in some cases, death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"What we do know is that AFM can be caused by lots of different things, and one of those things is a viral infection", Dr. Meade said. The Minnesota Department of Health put out an alert last week, stating that six cases have been reported in children across that state over the past several weeks.

Since the CDC began tracking AFM in 2014, 362 cases have been reported in the United States, 38 of them reported across 16 states this year.

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.

Five Western Washington children have been hospitalized with a possible nervous system illness.

The children, who are all under the age of 6, all reportedly had symptoms of a respiratory illness in the week prior to developing symptoms of AFM. It's also known as 'AFM'. These symptoms are remarkably similar to polio or the West Nile Virus. Back in 2016, Washington state had 10 cases of AFM.

Shannon Barbare, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told Fox News Tuesday there have been 14 confirmed cases of AFM in the state so far this year - though it's unclear if all of those cases were included in the CDC's latest report. "There have been no deaths".

The doctor says there is no need to panic and there's no vaccine for the disease.

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

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