Doctors are cautioning parents to be on the look-out for symptoms of A-F-M, a rare neurological disease that affects children. Dr. Judy Wiltse with Health Partners says the pattern of the disease over the last decade tells them a spike in cases could be on the way.

“And when you trend it, it really seems to have where it comes every two years. So we saw a spike in 2014, 2016, 2018, so now 2020 is expected to have a big spike.”

Symptoms of AFM include arm or leg weakness, difficulty walking, limb pain, back pain or neck pain. Parents should take their kids to the doctor immediately if they observe any of those symptoms.