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6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disease

Reports surfaced on Wednesday that two Chicago-area children are being treated at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for the illness - including 2-year-old Julia Payne, who has been fighting the illness for almost a month. "However, some illnesses caused by EV-A71 and EV-D68 can be severe enough to require hospitalization".

Doctors at Oishei Children's Hospital are looking into a suspected case of Acute flaccid myelitis - a rare polio-like condition that causes partial paralysis in kids.

In the past, Minnesota may only see one case in a year.

Symptoms of AFM include limb weakness, facial drooping and trouble swallowing or talking.

According to the CDC, other viruses like poliovirus and West Nile may sometimes lead to AFM.

"As AFM affects mostly children and has no known cure, it is imperative that CDC conduct an expedited investigation and response to AFM infections".

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The disease, health officials say, is hard to positively confirm by anyone other than a few specially trained neurologists.

There have been no deaths in Colorado and all patients have fully recovered after being hospitalized, 9News.com reported.

AFM typically affects young children and creates polio-like symptoms.

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, an epidemiologist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told Fox News most of 2018's confirmed Colorado cases happened in mid- to late August and September. "Isolation protocols and infection control procedures are in place and we're working with the CDC and the Allegheny County Health Department to further monitor and evaluate the patient conditions".

Although we are still learning about AFM and its causes, being up to date on all recommended vaccinations is one way to protect yourself and your family from diseases that can cause AFM. The causes of cases are often not confirmed. A 2016 report found there were 120 cases recorded across 34 states from August through December 2014. The condition was first described in 2014 and doctors assumed a virus was to blame, but they didn't know which one.

Doctors are encouraging people to practice what are called "general prevention strategies" - including washing your hands with soap and water, getting vaccinated and preventing mosquito bites.

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