CDC: Rare polio-like illness on the rise among children

The CDC said a rare but potentially severe condition that causes muscle weakness and paralysis in the arms and legs, typically among children, has increased in recent years, according to KHOU 11.

Here are four things to know:

1. The CDC reported 362 cases of acute flaccid myelitis between August 2014 and August 2018. The disease typically affects the nervous system and travels through the spinal cord. Symptoms of the condition include sudden arm and leg weakness, facial weakness, and slurred speech or difficulty swallowing, according to KHOU 11.

2. The CDC said the condition is not new, but the recent influx of cases in 2014 was linked to the spread of an enterovirus known as EVD68.

3. AFM has drawn more interest in recent weeks after the Minnesota Department of Health announced six AFM cases across the state affecting children under the age of 10, KHOU 11 reports. The Minnesota health department has reportedly contacted physicians statewide to be on the lookout for similar cases as officials gather more information.

4. The CDC states there is no specific treatment for AFM. However, physicians may recommend certain interventions depending on the case.

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