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"UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is taking care of three children with suspected Acute Flaccid Myelitis". What causes it is unknown, possibly a virus, but doctors just don't know. While rare officials over the USA are dealing with a spike in cases.

Other AFM symptoms may include: facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech.

"We have 41 cases of children who have had some sort of illness of enterovirus A71, which is causing a wide spectrum of neurological illness", Herlihy said.

In recent weeks, six cases of the illness, known as acute flaccid myelitis(AFM), have been diagnosed in children in Minnesota - a state the typically sees less than one case of AFM per year, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. A 2-year-old girl was recently diagnosed in the Chicago area, and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh confirmed that three children are now being treated for AFM at their facility.

The cases are from individuals younger than 18 years of age and from northern Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Wednesday.

In rare cases, the CDC stated, it can cause numbness, tingling and pain in the extremities, problems urinating, paralysis, respiratory failure and death.

With cases on the rise, parents like Wells say she'll keep those symptoms in mind.

Other states have also reported cases.

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"We want research. We want what happened to Julia not to happen to anyone else", she said.

The state health department is working with the CDC to determine if these are indeed cases of AFM.

The department of health says the main symptom to look for is a sudden loss of feeling in arms and legs.

Outside of IL, there are now a few dozen cases of AFM in the United States.

While there is no cure, health experts say you should take preventative measures including washing your hands or coughing into your elbow. This does not include all of the 14 cases announced by Colorado, as some of those cases were confirmed after September 30.

CDC specialists will make the final call on whether these cases are in fact AFM.

In 2017, 33 cases were reported in 16 states. After the 120 cases in 2014, there were 22 in 2015, 149 in 2016, and 33 past year, according to the agency.

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