U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar is urging the C-D-C to investigate and respond to recent cases of a rare, polio-like illness in children. The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that acute flaccid myelitis (A-F-M) has infected six kids in the state since September 20th. A-F-M is a serious nervous system condition that causes patients’ muscles to weaken and other polio-like symptoms. The C-D-C has acknowledged that 362 cases of A-F-M have been reported since 2014 which could be an indication of an increasing infection rate. Klobuchar wrote C-D-C Director Doctor Robert Redfield asking him to share the C-D-C’s plan to address the A-T-M infection and requested a member-level briefing for senators.
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