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Doctors: Polio-like disease on the rise in children

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Doctors report a growing number of children around the country with a polio-like illness.

The disease has already claimed one child's life.

It's called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

The disease affects the nervous system and can cause sudden weakness in the face, arms or legs - and sometimes paralysis.

Since the cause of AFM is a mystery, there's no way to prevent it.

“It's raised alarm among child neurologists that have seen them because despite lots of conversations across the country, so far we haven't found anything that reverses the process,” Dr. Wendy Mitchell, a child neurologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles said.

Nationwide, there have been 89 cases in 33 states.

To read more about AFM, click here

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