Polio-like virus causing concern

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A rare viral infection has many of the same symptoms of the flu, but this illness causes some concerning symptoms.

Enterovirus is a group of viruses that can cause a lot of different infections, but one in particular is called Acute Flaccid Myelitis.

AFM affects the spinal cord and cause polio-like symptoms.

It's typically found in children and spread just like most viruses, through the contact of another infected person's bodily secretions.

"It's a severe condition and this is a relatively newly identified kind of outbreak going on," said Andy Tyler, regional epidemiologist.

There have been 14 cases across Colorado, but it hasn't been reported in Mesa County.

There isn't a vaccine for the virus. There also isn't a cure, instead, the symptoms are treated. Some patients may have to take physical therapy to get back on their feet, but most patients make a full recovery.

"The best thing to do is to be really watchful of your children's conditions. Make sure that they're doing okay," said Tyler.

If your child is showing signs of limb weakness, fever or a stiff neck, you should take them to see a professional.

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