Cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a paralyzing, polio-like condition, is on the rise, coming as close to West Virginia as Pittsburgh and Columbiana County.

There have been almost 400 confirmed cases across the country, including a few neighboring states. While AFM has similarities to polio, it is not actually polio.

Normally, the symptoms start as a cold and then progress into symptoms such as drooping limbs, drooping eyelids, slurring, and issues with respiratory or intestinal tract issues.

It can be passed through coughing or sneezing and the spread of the disease can be prevented just by washing your hands.

The Ohio County Health Department says if your child shows any symptoms; get them to a physician immediately.