AFM or neurologic conditions like it have a variety of causes, including viruses, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders.
She referred to these 11 cases as an outbreak within an outbreak.
Dr. Fernando Acosta Jr., a neurologist at Cook Children's, said there is no cure or treatment at this time. "The patients are now undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatment", the hospital said in a statement to Pittsburgh's Channel 11. This year along, there were 38 people diagnosed with AFM across 16 states.
"The CDC will make the final determination on diagnoses and numbers are subject to change", the statement said.
Doctors are warning that a mysterious and paralyzing child illness similar to polio has spread to Chicago.
With hope, further investigation will address this unnerving uptick in AFM cases, preventing even more little ones from suffering around the country. Only one case has been confirmed this year, but officials are still investigating the latest possible cases.
The state health department is working with the CDC to determine if these are indeed cases of AFM.
Shannon Barbare, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told Fox News Tuesday there have been 14 confirmed cases of AFM in the state so far this year - though it's unclear if all of those cases were included in the CDC's latest report.
Separate from these five cases of illness, there has been one other case of AFM in Washington this year and there were three cases identified in 2017, according to the health department. The patients are now undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatments.
The CDC also recommends people follow normal disease prevention steps to avoid AFM, including staying current on vaccines, washing hands and avoiding mosquito bites.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has been tracking cases in the United States, says the condition isn't new but reports that public health officials nationwide saw an uptick in cases starting in 2014.
As of September 30, according to the CDC, 38 cases of AFM have been confirmed in 16 states.
In 2016, there were nine cases of AFM in Washington and three in 2017.
The agency said it hasn't confirmed the cause for the majority of the cases, which primarily occur in children.
There was a cluster of nine cases of AFM in Washington state back in 2016 and three cases previous year.