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Doctor: 8 of 9 sick children test positive for rare disorder (KTRK)

Federal and state health officials are investigating a possible cluster of a rare nervous system disorder after multiple children reported symptoms, including weakness or loss of movement in one or more limbs.

Eight children in the Washington state were hospitalized recently for symptoms that matched a rare condition called acute flaccid myleititis (AFM).

It is condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, and can occur due to various causes, including the polio virus.

Scientists at CDC are working to determine the exact cause of AFM, according to KCPQ.

Many viruses and germs are linked to AFM, including common germs that can cause colds and sore throats, and respiratory infections.

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