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CDC identifies 'mystery illness' in eight Washington kids

November 5, 2016
in Kids

FILE - CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo: MGN) SEATTLE -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that eight of nine children who have had a polio-like illness have acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. It had earlier confirmed two cases. The ninth case, which was fatal, did not have AFM, sources say. AFM is a rare condition. It affects the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord. Symptoms typically include sudden weakness in one or more arms or legs, along with loss of muscle tone and decreased or absent reflexes. There is no specific treatment for AFM. Doctors say the syndrome is not contagious. The exact cause of AFM is unknown, health officials said. Many viruses and germs are linked to AFM, including common germs that can cause colds and sore throats, and respiratory infections. It can also be caused by poliovirus and non-polio enteroviruses, mosquito-borne viruses (such as West Nile Virus or Zika virus) and autoimmune conditions. The CDC says...

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