Suspected Acute flaccid myelitis case at Oishei Children's Hospital

6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disease

6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disease

On its website, the CDC explains that non-polio enteroviruses, which normally don't make people sick and if they do, it's often the common cold, can cause AFM. Your doctor may collect information about your symptoms and send this information to their health departments.

The polio-like illness is not new but there has been an increase in cases this year with at least eight reported in Texas.

The disease, which attacks the nervous system, is not contagious from person to person but may be spread by a virus or the likes of mosquito bites .

Basic symptoms usually add lower backache or sharp shooting sensations that shoot out down the legs or arms or around the torso, aural alterations, dotting symptoms, Difficulty moving the eyes or bending eyelids, Facial dangle or weakness, Difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech, sudden arm or leg weakness. In very rare cases, it is possible the process in the body that triggers AFM may also trigger other serious neurologic complications that could lead to death.

Orville is just one of 38 confirmed cases of AFM this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Akron Children's is waiting on lab results of two cases that seem to fit the "clinical picture" of AFM.

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The causes of AFM are unknown, but it can develop as a result of a viral infection.

A little girl diagnosed with the illness has been in the hospital since September 5th. And there are other diseases that mimic the symptoms, such as West Nile virus and Guillain Barre syndrome.

"A lot of these people do require prolonged amounts of physical therapy to get their strength back up", says Cleveland Clinic pediatric infectious disease expert Dr.

"The patients are now undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatment", said Andrea Kunicky, a spokeswoman for UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, where the children are being treated.

"The state health department has been monitoring this situation closely since early spring".

"UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is taking care of three children with suspected Acute Flaccid Myelitis", the hospital said in a statement to CBS Pittsburgh.

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