Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disease

Ebony Scott
October 11, 2018

She was later diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis and has been undergoing treatment for the last month at Lurie Children's Hospital. Potential causes can be viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders, the CDC said.

Cases of a rare polio-like illness that are turning up across the country are also appearing here in North Texas. They may also experience drooping eyelids, facial droop and slurred speech, among other symptoms.

"Most of the cases [of AFM] that CDC has learned about have been in children", the CDC writes on its website.

State and local health officials are investigating whether five children hospitalized with sudden limb paralysis may have a rare condition that affects the nervous system.

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.

The type of viruses found in 12 of the Colorado cases, enterovirus, typically increases in summer and fall and is common, the state department of health said.

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She referred to these 11 cases as an outbreak within an outbreak. Three cases were reported in 2017, and one other case was reported in Washington since the beginning of 2018. And yesterday (Oct. 10), the Illinois Department of Public Health said it had received recent reports of nine children diagnosed with the condition.

"I just felt so sad for him, that this thing we didn't know about and couldn't protect him from had happened and had taken a lot away from him", Michael Young said.

As of September 30, according to the CDC, 38 cases of AFM have been confirmed in 16 states.

"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. Practices such as regular hand-washing are recommended. From August 2014 through August 2018, the CDC has been notified of 362 cases of the illness, mostly in children.

On Monday, news broke that six children in Minnesota have been infected with the rare disease that causes lowered mobility or paralysis in the arms and legs. After the 120 cases in 2014, there were 22 in 2015, 149 in 2016, and 33 previous year, according to the agency.

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