Five kids hospitalized with rare sudden limb paralysis

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Health officials are "investigating six cases of suspected AFM" in the state as of Tuesday, Minnesota Department of Health spokesman Doug Schultz told Fox News.

"UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is taking care of three children with suspected Acute Flaccid Myelitis". 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 children live in King, Pierce, Lewis and Snohomish counties. They may also experience drooping eyelids, facial droop and slurred speech, among other symptoms. Four of the five had a fever of 100.4 or higher.

Dr. Elizabeth Meade, chief of pediatrics at Swedish Pediatrics, says AFM is more common in kids and is especially associated with viruses.

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Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, affects less than 1 million people a year the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. "We're working closely with medical providers and public health agencies". "So, we've seen that there's an association between viruses, specifically enterovirus, in the past". Some people with AFM may be unable to urinate. Potential causes can be viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders, the CDC said.

We've been reporting about the polio-like illness affecting two children here in Chicago, nine in northern IL and others across the country, but how concerned should parents be about the spread to their children?

It resembles polio, but unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM.

A 2-year-old girl from Batavia is facing a long, hard recovery after contracting a rare polio-like disease that has been reported in children across the United States.

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

While there is no cure, health experts say you should take preventative measures including washing your hands or coughing into your elbow.

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