Since mid-September, there have been six pediatric cases of the disease, which resembles polio. All of them involved children younger than 10 years old. It is estimated that one in a million people in the U.S. is diagnosed with AFM each year. Symptoms include weakness of one or more limbs, facial droop, slurred speech, problems with swallowing. Severe cases can lead to paralysis.
According to the health department, there can be a variety of possible causes of AFM, including a complication after a viral infection, genetics, and environmental factors.
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