Five kids hospitalized with rare sudden limb paralysis

She was later diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis and has been undergoing treatment for the last month at Lurie Children's Hospital.

Although acute flaccid myelitis is terrifying, Adalja says parents should not stay awake at night worrying about it.

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

- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is calling on the federal government to look into recent cases of a rare illness after six cases were reported in Minnesota.

What can cause the illness? These symptoms are remarkably similar to polio or the West Nile Virus.

However, it can be hard to detect how patients actually get AFM. The Minnesota cases have been diagnosed since September 20, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, which says officials are working "aggressively" with health care providers to try to gather more information about the cases. "Now you're finding cases in Canada, you're finding cases where people are looking hard for children with this basically, paralysis-like illness".

There was a national uptick in AFM cases in 2014.

The CDC says the number of cases appears to increase and decrease from one year to the next.

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The cause of AFM, and the reason for the rise in cases starting in 2014, is not known.

The condition is still very rare, occurring in fewer than one in a million people in the US each year, the CDC says.

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. All of those patients were under the age of 10 and were hospitalized around the middle of September, according to an October 5 news release. Instead, people who are diagnosed with it are given "aggressive supportive care", Adalja says.

The cases are from individuals younger than 18 years of age and from northern Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Wednesday. Both enterovirus A71 and enterovirus D68 are types of non-polio enterovirus. "There have been no deaths".

More and more cases of a rare polio-like illness are being reported across the country, according to news reports. The majority were in the Denver metropolitan area, she added.

"We want to be better to better understand the epidemiology of the disease".

Herlihy noted it's "quite rare" to suffer neurological complications like AFM, encephalitis and meningitis from enteroviruses.

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