She was later diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis and has been undergoing treatment for the last month at Lurie Children's Hospital. What causes it is unknown, possibly a virus, but doctors just don't know.
- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is calling on the federal government to look into recent cases of a rare illness after six cases were reported in Minnesota. However, the 2014 cases coincided with a national outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a virus called enterovirus D68. "Anytime there are more than one or two cases in a small region, it is something to pay attention to", said Wells.
Five Western Washington children have been hospitalized with a possible nervous system illness. 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.
Other states have also reported cases.
"These are all children under five", said Chas DeBolt, a senior epidemiologist for vaccine-preventable disease at the Department of Health.
Most AFM sufferers notice sudden muscle weakness in their limbs and loss of reflexes.
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 state health department is working with the CDC to determine if these are indeed cases of AFM. Back in 2016, Washington state had 10 cases of AFM.
There is no treatment other than managing each patient's symptoms.
AFM could be triggered by a variety of causes, including common cold viruses, poliovirus (for which children should be vaccinated), and West Nile virus (which is carried by mosquitoes and can be prevented by using insect repellant). The best prevention is washing your hands often. This does not include all of the 14 cases announced by Colorado, as some of those cases were confirmed after September 30.
Since August 2014, when the CDC began tracking the illness more closely, the agency has reported 362 cases.
Six is the highest number of cases Minnesota has ever seen.