Five kids hospitalized with rare sudden limb paralysis

Faith Castro
October 11, 2018

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. Potential causes can be viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders, the CDC said.

Despite these frightening cases of AFM, it's important to remember that the condition continues to be rare. They had symptoms of a respiratory illness in the week before developing symptoms of AFM.

Local public health officials have been notified and are working with the hospital, state Department of Health and the CDC, county Health Department spokesman Ryan Scarpino said.

There were two other suspected cases of AFM in the state earlier this year, according to Schultz.

The CDC estimates that less than a million people will get AFM every year in the United States.

"We want research. We want what happened to Julia not to happen to anyone else", she said.

She referred to these 11 cases as an outbreak within an outbreak.

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.

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

The children were hospitalized after experiencing "sudden onset of paralysis of one or more limbs".

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.

There have been 38 confirmed cases in 16 states so far. Treatment mainly boils down to alleviating those symptoms. "As AFM affects mostly children and has no known cure, it is imperative that CDC conduct an expedited investigation and response to AFM infections", Klobuchar wrote.

Nine cases of AFM were reported in Washington state in 2016.

It also does not include the cases in Minnesota or IL, as they are not confirmed.

Two cases were reported in King County.

The health department says there are no specific recommendations for avoiding AFM, but washing your hands, avoiding close contact with sick people, cleaning surfaces with disinfectants, and staying up-to-date on immunizations is recommended.

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