The disease is being called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, and although researchers suspect that it's caused by a virus, no virus has yet been discovered that's associated with the condition. Nor can they explain why only a handful of infected children developed AFM. Seven children have been affected in that state.
Some patients diagnosed with AFM were found to have enterovirus D68, a cousin of poliovirus, in their systems.
"I think I would tell parents to be vigilant in looking out for, you know, arms or legs not working, that floppy head, those respiratory symptoms that don't seem consistent with other basic illnesses", she said.
Messonnier also said none of this year's cases have been linked to West Nile virus. Experts don't know the long-term effects of the disease. Lydia was diagnosed with AFM and endured months of occupational and physical therapy, followed by psychotherapy to resolve her nightmares and lingering anxieties. Though AFM has not claimed any lives this year, there was one death in 2017.
Unfortunately, there's no specific treatment for AFM.
"This remains a rare syndrome, but the similarities to poliomyelitis, polio-like illness, are concerning and bear close monitoring", Dr. Todd Ellerin, director of infectious diseases at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, told ABC News in an interview.
She encouraged parents to wash their children's hands, use insect repellents and update vaccinations. "We recommend seeking medical care right away if you or your child develops sudden weakness of the arms and legs", she said.
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