The Centers for Disease and Control says a rare but potentially severe condition that causes weakness or even paralysis in the arms and legs is on the rise, mainly affecting children.
Between August 2014 and August 2018, the CDC received 362 cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).
The Minnesota Department of Health recently announced six AFM cases have been classified in its state and were reported in children under 10 years old, living in the Twin Cities, central Minnesota and northeastern Minnesota.
There is no specific treatment for AFM, but doctors might recommend certain interventions, depending on the case.
The MDH recommends parents take basic steps to avoid infections and stay healthy:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cover your cough
- Stay home if you are sick
- Stay up to date on vaccinations
- Protect your children from mosquito bites if you are outside
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