"The CDC has acknowledged that 362 cases of AFM have been reported since 2014, indicating an increasing infection rate", Klobuchar wrote in the letter.
Health officials are "investigating six cases of suspected AFM" in the state as of Tuesday, Minnesota Department of Health spokesman Doug Schultz told Fox News. Symptoms typically include sudden weakness or movement in the limbs, loss of muscle tone and decreased or absent reflexes.
On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health announced there have been a total of six reports of pediatric acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) since September 20.
"It is a little concerning".
The Washington Department of Heath said Wednesday that the children are 6 or younger.
DeBolt says AFM seems to come in cycles.
There were two other suspected cases of AFM in the state earlier this year, according to Schultz. All but one happened around October. Three cases were reported in 2017, and one other case was reported in Washington since the beginning of 2018.
The cause is unclear. Treatment mainly boils down to alleviating those symptoms.
"It's extremely uncommon this is not something that parents should be concerned about sending their children from school or anything but it's time to get back to the basics of how we prevent viruses from spreading", Dr.
Katie Payne said she and her husband are sharing their story "to spread awareness of this insane, rare, scary disease".
A rare, polio-like condition in children is on the rise again in the United States, with 38 confirmed cases in 16 states so far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. In rare cases, paralysis can happen requiring on-going care.