What You Need to Know: Acute Flaccid Myelitis

3 children possibly suffering from polio-like disease being treated in Pittsburgh

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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC confirmed to Channel 11 on Tuesday that three children suspected to be suffering from acute flaccid myelitis, or "AFM," are being treated there.

"The patients are currently undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatment," the hospital said in a statement. "Isolation protocols and infection control procedures are in place and we're working with the CDC and the Allegheny County Health Department to further monitor and evaluate the patient conditions."

The disease is raising some serious red flags with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.

Minnesota's health department has reported six cases of the illness, which is similar to polio, since last month.

The CDC says it starts as a common cold, but later partially paralyzes children.

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"Weakness in your arms and in your legs, slurred speech, and facial drooping," Dr. Janette Nesheiwat said.

She said anyone with symptoms should see a doctor right away.

Right now, there is no cure for the illness.

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