GLOBAL ONE (G1) – A mystery illness in Minnesota.
Six children have been diagnosed with a rare “polio-like” disease.
It’s called Acute flaccid myelitis, referred to as AFM.
Currently, there is no cure and doctors aren’t sure what causes it.
Six kids under the age of 10 have been diagnosed since September.
The disease is very rare and reportedly hits the nervous system traveling through the spinal cord.
It develops from a viral infection with symptoms including slurred speech, trouble swallowing and weak or even paralyzed limbs.
[Dr. Janette Nesheiwat]: “It starts off with a cold, cough, runny nose, congestion, and before you know it, you have weakness and paralysis of your arms and your legs.”
There have been 362 cases of AFM in the last four years.
In 2016, there was a similar rash of cases in Seattle —one little boy died.
The Centers for Disease Control says its important to stay up to date on vaccines, wash your hands and stay home if you’re sick.