Rare Polio-like Illness On The Rise In Children

6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disease

IL now reports nine cases of a rare polio-like illness that has popped up in several states It's called Acute Flaccid Myelitis. Potential causes can be viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders, the CDC said.

"In very rare cases, it is possible that the process in the body that triggers AFM may also trigger other serious neurologic complications that could lead to death", according to the CDC. However, the 2014 cases coincided with a national outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a virus called enterovirus D68.

With hope, further investigation will address this unnerving uptick in AFM cases, preventing even more little ones from suffering around the country.

In recent weeks, six cases of the illness, known as acute flaccid myelitis(AFM), have been diagnosed in children in Minnesota - a state the typically sees less than one case of AFM per year, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

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State health officials are working with the care providers to obtain the samples and information to send to CDC for testing and confirmation of the diagnoses. So far this year, there have been 38 cases in 16 states, the CDC says.

Previously, only four cases had been reported in IL since 2015.

"In the last few days, [she] has mouthed a few words, giving us thumbs ups, kind of created her own Julia language with leg kicks and hip wiggles", said her father, Josh Pane.

Separate from these five cases of illness, there has been one other case of AFM in Washington this year and there were three cases identified in 2017, according to the health department. Back in 2016, Washington state had 10 cases of AFM.

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The department of health says the main symptom to look for is a sudden loss of feeling in arms and legs. It may also be helpful to wash hands often with soap and water, the agency says.

For reasons not fully understood, AFM affects mainly children. This does not include all of the 14 cases announced by Colorado, as some of those cases were confirmed after September 30.

"The CDC has acknowledged that 362 cases of AFM have been reported since 2014, indicating an increasing infection rate", Klobuchar wrote in the letter.

Six is the highest number of cases Minnesota has ever seen.

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