Polio-like disease that's paralyzing kids now in Chicago, Pittsburgh

It's called Acute Flaccid Myelitis, or AFM, and doctors say it can start out as a cold but can eventually cause paralysis.

She referred to these 11 cases as an outbreak within an outbreak.

"It's extremely uncommon this is not something that parents should be concerned about sending their children from school or anything but it's time to get back to the basics of how we prevent viruses from spreading", Dr. Three other cases were reported in Pierce, Lewis, and Snohomish counties. "The patients are now undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatment", the hospital said in a statement to Pittsburgh's Channel 11. 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.

"All cases are among infants and children under age 6 who all reportedly had symptoms of a respiratory illness in the week prior to developing symptoms of AFM", the Washington State Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday. "CDC specialists will make the final determination if these cases are AFM".

Shannon Barbare, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told Fox News Tuesday there have been 14 confirmed cases of AFM in the state so far this year - though it's unclear if all of those cases were included in the CDC's latest report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there have been a confirmed 38 cases across 16 states in 2018 so far. The viruses can include: enteroviruses, West Nile virus and viruses in the same family and adenoviruses.

The Texas Health Department confirms one case in Harris County and one in Galveston County.

There is no treatment other than managing each patient's symptoms. They recommend as prevention regular hand-washing and avoiding mosquito bites.

As of September 30, according to the CDC, 38 cases of AFM have been confirmed in 16 states. However, there has been a spike in cases since 2014 and most of those infected have been children. Three cases were reported in 2017, and one other case was reported in Washington since the beginning of 2018. One hundred forty-nine cases were reported in 39 states in 2016 and 22 cases in 17 states in 2015.

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