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Western Washington children hospitalized with possible nervous

11 October 2018, 01:02 | Silvia Roy

The CDC must review case information to confirm the cases under observation in Pittsburgh, a process which could take a few weeks, Scarpino said.

The children live in King, Pierce, Lewis and Snohomish counties.

On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health announced there have been a total of six reports of pediatric acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) since September 20.

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

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All the children showed systems of a respiratory illness the week before developing symptoms of AFM.

Dr. Elizabeth Meade, chief of pediatrics at Swedish Pediatrics, says AFM is more common in kids and is especially associated with viruses.

The Washington State Department of Health is working with Centers for Disease Control experts to determine if the cases are acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

"These are all children under five", said Chas DeBolt, a senior epidemiologist for vaccine-preventable disease at the Department of Health. It's also known as 'AFM'.

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"They may have a little bit of a facial droop similar to what we see with a bell's palsy because those muscles are affected". Adults have likely been exposed to the virus that causes this and have some sort of immunity.

Doctors call severe cases of AFM a polio-like illness where people will have paralyzed limbs.

The condition, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), was first identified in 2014, when there were 120 cases, NBC News reported.

There were two other suspected cases of AFM in the state earlier this year, according to Schultz. Three cases were reported in 2017, and one other case was reported in Washington since the beginning of 2018. Practices such as regular hand-washing are recommended.

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