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6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, paralyzing disorder

 

October 5, 2018



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials are telling doctors to be on the lookout for a rare disorder that causes paralysis after six Minnesota children were diagnosed with the disease in recent weeks.

The disorder is called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. It attacks the nervous system and can lead to arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle reflexes.

AFM affects less than one in a million children. Its origins are a mystery, but officials say a virus can cause some cases. Practices such as regular hand-washing are recommended.

The Star Tribune reports the polio-like disease came to the at...



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