There has been an increase in cases of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, affecting children in New York and across the county.

AFM is a rare condition that targets the nervous system — specifically the spinal cord and can cause serious muscle weakness or paralysis.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a conference call Tuesday to urge Congress to immediately provide emergency funding for research, treatment and prevention.

“The good news is that the CDC just announced that they are creating a task force to research AFM and track it,” said Senator Gillibrand. “So, they can work to stop it from spreading even more. I’m relieved that they are taking on this mission and now Congress needs to make sure they have the funding they need to get the job done.”

The CDC has confirmed and are investigating hundreds of cases of AFM in 46 states and in D.C.

News 8 is not aware of any cases of AFM locally.