Rare, polio-like illness detected in Pittsburgh area

6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disease

The condition is called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

Symptoms of AFM include the sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes.

Additionally, the CDC has found a possible link between an increase in a respiratory virus and an increase of AFM.

What can cause the illness?

AFM is diagnosed by examining a patient's nervous system in combination with reviewing pictures of the spinal cord.

The condition is still very rare, occurring in fewer than one in a million people in the US each year, the CDC says. Now that doctors are looking for it, expect more cases to be diagnosed.

Since the CDC began tracking AFM cases four years ago, at least 362 cases have been logged nationwide, according to the CDC's website. One hundred forty-nine cases were reported in 39 states in 2016 and 22 cases in 17 states in 2015. While rare officials over the US are dealing with a spike in cases.

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The hospital is now working with the health department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to administer testing to confirm if the child does indeed have AFM.

Six is the highest number of cases Minnesota has ever seen. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that AFM has infected six Minnesota children since mid-September. All of those patients were under the age of 10 and were hospitalized around the middle of September, according to an October 5 news release. Since then, more than 350 cases of the illness have been reported in the USA over a four-year period.

According to data obtained Thursday from the Texas Department of State Health Services, one case of acute flaccid myelitis has been reported in Harris County and another case has been reported in Galveston County. The cause of most of the AFM cases is unknown. Enterovirus A71 caused similar outbreaks to this year's in 2003 and 2005, the CDPHE said.

All of the patients are children who have needed to be hospitalized, the department said, noting that "nearly all have fully recovered". "There have been no deaths".

"It's something we need to be aware of", Dr. Hallberg said.

"But just because you catch the virus from somebody that developed AFM, doesn't mean that you will also develop AFM", Dr. Meade explained.

Most people will instead experience things like a cold, a rash, diarrhea or hand, foot and mouth disease, she explained.

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