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4 Ohio children afflicted with mysterious disease





Associated Press

COLUMBUS

State health officials say four cases of a rare, mysterious disease that can paralyze children in Ohio have been confirmed nationwide in such a case.

The Ohio Department of Health said Friday it had notified health care providers to be aware of and report cases of neurological disease called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM. It is characterized by sudden, asymmetrical weakness in the arms or legs. The cause is unknown.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 62 cases in 22 states this year, compared to 33 cases last year, and is investigating dozens of other reports. Most confirmed cases at national level, including those in Ohio, affect children.

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

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