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Since then, they have typically seen less than one case a year. It is a neurological condition that impacts the brain and the spinal cord, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no cure for AFM. Symptoms are similar to complications from other viruses such as the West Nile Virus or the poliovirus.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., urged the CDC to investigate the national uptick of acute flaccid myelitis infections among children in an October 9 letter to CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD.

In Washington, all of the patients suspected of having AFM are under age 6 and all had symptoms of a respiratory illness in the week before developing symptoms of AFM, the Department of Health reported on Wednesday. Other symptoms are neck weakness or stiffness, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing or slurred speech. There is no treatment but some symptoms can be managed.

According to the department, there was a national uptick in these cases in 2014 that investigators believe was linked to an outbreak of a respiratory illness in children caused by an enterovirus.

The case of Orville Young, 4, was among the first in Minnesota to be reported.

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Opener Kieran Powell (83, 93b, 8×4, 4×6) was the only West Indian batsmen to make a significant contribution in the second essay. The upcoming Test is scheduled to be played on October 12 at Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium, Hyderabad.

The reported IL cases are preliminary diagnoses and only the U.S. Centers for Disease Control can confirm the diagnosis, according to Arnold.

Health officials say they do not yet know the long-term effects of AFM. She says A-F-M is serious but rare, affecting about one in a million people.

"The CDC has indicated there might be some increases in cases, and in mid-September we advised health care providers to be vigilant and report to the health department so that we can pass on the information to the CDC", Arnold said. "Among the people confirmed with AFM, CDC did not consistently detect EV-D68 in every patient". They can also cause neurologic illness, such as meningitis, encephalitis, and AFM, but these are rare.

Despite these frightening cases of AFM, it's important to remember that the condition continues to be rare. West Nile virus can also lead to the illness so taking steps to protect your family from mosquito bites, including using mosquito repellent, staying indoors at dusk and dawn when bites are more common, and removing standing or stagnant water near your home, can also help.

The hallmark of AFM is a sudden onset of limb weakness associated with spinal cord inflammation.


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