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First case of rare disorder confirmed in North Dakota

December 4, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department has confirmed the first case of a rare nervous system disorder that has affected dozens of children around the country.

Officials say a suspected case of acute flaccid myelitis has been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The child was hospitalized in October and has since been released.

The rare condition causes arm and leg muscles to weaken. Sometimes it is preceded by a viral infection, but there is no specific cause.

There have been 134 confirmed cases in 33 states this year. Most of the people affected have been children.