Rare cases of a nervous system disorder being reported

Rare Polio-Like Illness Strikes 6 Minnesota Children

Rare Polio-Like Illness Strikes 6 Minnesota Children

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. "I urge the CDC to provide more information immediately about preventive measures and treatments". According to the Centers for Disease Control, just 362 cases across the country were reported from August 2014-2018. Fourteen cases have been reported in Colorado and six in Minnesota, a lot of them children.

The exact reasons that the condition appears are not known, but neurological conditions have a variety of triggers, such as viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders, the CDC said. After treatment, the child was able to regain most of his muscle function, expect in his right arm, and is now in therapy, facing possible surgery.

An outbreak of a mysterious disease in Minnesota that doctors say resembles polio has left children partially paralyzed and health experts baffled.

All six cases required hospitalization and prompted health officials to encourage parents to closely monitor their children for symptoms.

This is an usually high number of patients, as the state has "typically seen less than one case a year" since the national uptick started in 2014, the release states.

In 2016, there were nine cases of AFM in Washington and three in 2017.

The six Minnesota children are all 10 and younger and are in the Twin Cities, central and northeastern Minnesota.

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AFM can be hard to diagnose because it shares numerous same symptoms as other neurologic diseases, like transverse myelitis and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Most AFM sufferers notice sudden muscle weakness in their limbs and loss of reflexes.

Some affected by AFM may also be unable to pass urine, and have difficulty breathing, requiring urgent ventricular support.

Nearly any viral infection can cause neurological symptoms, although it's extremely unusual, so the CDC says it is also important to be fully up to date on vaccinations.

To prevent illness, the department of health recommends washing your hands frequently, staying up to date on vaccinations and avoiding mosquito bites.

The patients' symptoms have been most similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including poliovirus, non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and West Nile virus.

Some viruses and germs have been linked to AFM, including common germs that can cause colds and sore throats, and respiratory infections. This is because CDC is asking doctors to be alert for patients with symptoms of AFM so that we can learn more about this condition.

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