Polio-like disease that's paralyzing kids now in Chicago, Pittsburgh

Polio-like disease that's paralyzing kids now in Chicago, Pittsburgh

"The patients are now undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatment", the hospital said in a statement to Pittsburgh's Channel 11.

All cases in Minnesota have been in children under 10 years old and also included hospitalization in Twin Cities, central Minnesota and northeastern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Health put out an alert last week, stating that six cases have been reported in children across that state over the past several weeks.

The condition, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), was first identified in 2014, when there were 120 cases, NBC News reported. "It can affect people of any age, but you often see it in children", Adalja says.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM so far this year - with the most cases, 14, reported in Colorado and six in Minnesota. "She hasn't done that since she was a baby", said mother Katy Payne.

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The doctor says there is no need to panic and there's no vaccine for the disease. "We want to be better to better understand the epidemiology of the disease".

The condition has been linked to viruses, including one called EV-A71, a common cause of hand, foot and mouth disease.

The CDC states that AFM targets the spinal cord, which can lead to weakness in the muscles. AFM causes patients' muscles to weaken and symptoms include sudden muscle weakness in the arms or legs, neck weakness or stiffness, drooping eyelids or a facial droop, difficulty swallowing or slurred speech.

In rare cases, the CDC stated, it can cause numbness, tingling and pain in the extremities, problems urinating, paralysis, respiratory failure and death.

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