There have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM in 16 states so far, KDKA-TV in Pittsburg reported.
The Washington Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm if the children have AFM.
At least two cases of a polio-like illness have been reported in Southeast Texas this year.
AFM is a serious but rare condition that affects a portion of the spinal cord, causing muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak, according to the CDC. This condition is not new, but the increase in cases we saw starting in 2014 is new.
Most affected by AFM will experience a sudden onset of weakness or paralysis in a limb, but some may also experience drooping face and eye muscles, difficulty swallowing or difficulty moving the eyes, according to the CDC. Numbness or tingling is rare in people with AFM, although some people have pain in their arms or legs. "That enterovirus is transmittable from person to person, but you can't actually catch AFM from somebody else".
Indeed, there has been an uptick in cases of AFM across the country. This can require urgent ventilator support (breathing machine). Only one case has been confirmed this year, but officials are still investigating the latest possible cases.
All of the patients are "from northern IL", according to the health department, but no other location information was provided.
There is no treatment other than managing each patient's symptoms. Doctors found a clue to what was wrong from an MRI scan.
It resembles polio, but unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM.
Causes of AFM include viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders.
She said viruses that can lead to AFM are transmissible between people. For example, neurologists may recommend physical or occupational therapy to help with arm or leg weakness caused by AFM.
"What we do know is that AFM can be caused by lots of different things, and one of those things is a viral infection", said Dr. Elizabeth Meade, Chief of Pediatrics at Swedish. These symptoms are remarkably similar to polio or the West Nile Virus.
You can protect yourself and your children from poliovirus by getting vaccinated. Her parents told the Chicago Tribune that symptoms at first were on par with those of a common cold.