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4 Ohio children suffered from mystical disease

Associated Press COLUMBUS State health officials say that four cases of a rare mysterious disease that can paralyze children have…

Associated Press

COLUMBUS

State health officials say that four cases of a rare mysterious disease that can paralyze children have been confirmed in Ohio among a jump in such cases nationally.

Ohio Department of Health said Friday it has notified healthcare providers to pay attention to and report suspected cases of the neurological condition called acute weak myelitis or AFM. It is characterized by sudden, asymmetric weakness in the arms or legs. The reason is unknown.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed 62 cases over 22 states this year compared with 33 cases last year and are investigating dozens of more reports. Most of the confirmed cases nationally, including all in Ohio, involve children.

Ohio reported cases occurred in Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Mercer and Pickaway County in August and September.

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