AFM is a rare, polio-like condition that affects an individual's nervous system and can cause sudden arm and leg weakness, according to the CDC.
All of the cases are in patients younger than 18 and have been clinically diagnosed by health care providers, the statement said. Health officials don't know how to treat it or what causes the mysterious disease other than it can start as a cold, which in some accelerate to extreme weakness.
"The CDC will make the final determination on diagnoses and numbers are subject to change", the statement said. Your doctor may collect information about your symptoms and send this information to their health departments.
"At this point there isn't evidence that would point to a single source of illness among these cases", said Dr. Scott Lindquist, an infectious-disease epidemiologist at the Department of Health. The condition affects the gray matter area of the spinal cord and causes weakness in the body's muscles and reflexes.
The most common transmission of AFM is through a virus, exposure to environmental toxins and genetic disorders. Most cases are in children.
Doctors call severe cases of AFM a polio-like illness where people will have paralyzed limbs.
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7-year-old Quentin Hill is one of six kids diagnosed with the illness in Minnesota. Other patients have it much worse. What causes it is unknown, possibly a virus, but doctors just don't know. "The patients are now undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatment", the hospital said in a statement to Pittsburgh's Channel 11. In the past four weeks, however, 6 children have been diagnosed with the disease, known as Acute Flaccid Myelitis. While rare officials over the US are dealing with a spike in cases. "So we've seen that there's an association between viruses, specifically enterovirus, in the past".
She referred to these 11 cases as an outbreak within an outbreak.
AFM is a weakening of the nerves that causes partial paralysis in children. One case was reported earlier this year. It weakens a person's muscles and nerves, according to the CDC. This does not include all of the 14 cases announced by Colorado, as some of those cases were confirmed after September 30.
Six is the highest number of cases Minnesota has ever seen.
AFM cases first spiked in the United States in August 2014.
There have been 38 confirmed cases in 16 states so far. After the 120 cases in 2014, there were 22 in 2015, 149 in 2016, and 33 past year, according to the agency.