>> Quentin Hill is back home from the hospital after a recent health scare. He's one of six children in Minnesota who officials say have been diagnosed since mid-September with a rare polio like illness called Acute Flaccid Myelitis or AFM.>> He's started just complaining of just really bad neck stiffness.
He couldn't move his neck, and then his left arm. It almost seemed like, we thought it was a dead arm, he was laying on it funny. We didn't think much of it at first, but a couple of hours into not being able to move his arm, we started getting more concerned.
>> The CDC says symptoms of AFM are similar to polio. The disease affects the body's nervous system and can cause paralysis. But unlike polio, there's no vaccine for AFM.>> We think it might be a virus, but we really are not sure what causes it. It could be a virus, could be an environmental toxin, could be genetic, could be a combination of all three.
We just don't know.>> All the recent cases in Minnesota have affected children younger than ten. Officials say the state typically sees less than one case a year. The US first saw a spike in AFM cases in 2014, but it's unclear what's causing this recent spike in Minnesota.