SEVERE WX: Wind Chill Advisory - Winter Weather Advisory View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now
CLOSINGS: View Closings

6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, paralyzing disorder

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.

Posted: Oct. 6, 2018 6:41 AM

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 attention of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014 after clusters were discovered in Colorado and California.

The six Minnesota children are all 10 and younger and are in the Twin Cities, central and northeastern Minnesota.

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
18° wxIcon
Hi: 16° Lo: -11°
Feels Like: -1°
Albert Lea
Overcast
16° wxIcon
Hi: 14° Lo: -13°
Feels Like: 0°
Austin
Overcast
21° wxIcon
Hi: 16° Lo: -14°
Feels Like: 5°
Charles City
Overcast
21° wxIcon
Hi: 17° Lo: -13°
Feels Like: 6°
Rochester
Overcast
17° wxIcon
Hi: 16° Lo: -14°
Feels Like: 1°
We're tracking blowing snow and dangerously cold temperatures with a strong northwest wind!
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

NIACC WRESTLING VS. IOWA CENTRAL

Image

NIACC MEN DEFEAT LPTC

Image

NIACC WOMEN DEFEAT LPTC

Image

RCTC SWEEPS RIDGEWATER

Image

Newman Catholic girls defeat Rockford, 73-56

Image

SAW: KENDRA PETERSOHN

Image

Gas line hit in Mason City

Image

Firearms on school property

Image

Affordable housing project

Image

Hotel project moves forward

Community Events