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Climate change could cause beer shortage, scientists warn

Last week, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that if governments don’t act on climate change within 12 years, there will be additional threats to the global environment.

>> On AJC.com: We have 12 years left to act on climate change, UN warns

Scientists have linked global warming to such environmental events as escalated intensity of hurricanes and melting Arctic ice. Now, a new study from climate researchers in the United States, China and Britain suggests a beer shortage is brewing due to climate change.

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The report, published in the journal Nature Plants, warns that drought and heat will impact barley production, though only 17 percent of the world’s barley is used for beer. But in the United States, Brazil and China, at least two-thirds of the barley goes into six-packs, drafts, kegs, cans and bottles.

>> On AJC.com: How climate change could cause 26,000 more US suicides by 2050

Using a process-based crop model and an economic model, the researchers examined the effects of heat waves and drought, not the general warming that will also affect where barley is grown.

That means beer prices on average would double, even adjusting for inflation. In countries like Ireland, where cost of a brew is already high, prices could triple. Beer is currently the most popular alcoholic drink by volume consumed.

>> On AJC.com: Is chocolate really going extinct because of climate change?

“Although not the most concerning impact of future climate change, climate-related weather extremes may threaten the availability and economic accessibility of beer,” researchers wrote.

“Our aim is not to encourage people to drink more beer now,” study author Dabo Guan of Beijing’s Tsinghua University told the New York Times. “Climate change mitigation is the only way. Everybody in the world needs to fight.”

>> On AJC.com: Climate change will internally displace 143 million people by 2050, scientists warn

As The Associated Press reported: “If emissions of heat-trapping gases from the burning of coal, oil and gas continue at the current rising pace, the likelihood of weather conditions hurting barley production will increase from about once a decade before 2050 to once every other year by the end of the century.”

Read the full study at nature.com.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Burger King has fastest delivery time for drive-thru orders, study says

Want your fast food delivered fast in the drive-thru? A study released in the October issue of Quick Service Restaurant magazine indicates that in the United States, Burger King is your best bet.

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To “have it your way” at the drive thru required an average of 193.31 seconds, the magazine reported -- or 3 minutes, 13.31 seconds. 

Rounding out the top five in average time were Dunkin’ Donuts (200.74), KFC (218.95), Wendy’s (226.07) and Taco Bell (236.50), QSR reported.

McDonald's (273.29) was number 10 on the list, according to the magazine.

Speed of service times -- the time between an order being placed and a customer receiving it at the drive-thru window -- was 234 seconds, compared with 225 seconds in 2017, QSR reported.

According to the magazine, Wendy’s scored the best average time in 2002 when it only took 116 seconds to complete an order. At the time, the national average was 190 seconds.

Homeless man lands job, place to live after town rallies behind him

A Massachusetts community is pulling out all the stops to rally behind a homeless man after a good Samaritan paved the way.

>> Watch the news report here

Jimmy Daniel has been living in the woods for the past three years in a tent. Now, he has a place to live and a job thanks to complete strangers and one man who started it all. 

Tim Murdock was making a delivery when he spotted Daniel sitting on the side of the road with a sign and his puppy. Wanting to help out in any way, Murdock gave him a $20 Stop & Shop gift card and posted his encounter on "The Friends of Medway" Facebook page. 

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

"He stood up in tears and [said], 'Thank you so much' and immediately got off the corner and went to Stop & Shop to get food," Murdock told WFXT's Chris Flanagan. "It felt amazing." 

Murdock created a GoFundMe page for Daniel as well, titling it, "Let's Change a Life."

And that is exactly what happened.

After Murdock's Facebook post caught steam, the response from the community of Medway has been fast and furious. Strangers have donated food, clothes, bikes, a cellphone and even vaccinations for Daniel's puppy.

Someone also donated a trailer. 

Daniel is now living in the trailer, which is sitting in a woman's yard. Katherine Hanrahan-Tingley said she was so moved after reading about Daniel on the Facebook page that she offered to let him park the trailer on her property for free. 

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"It was a lot different, a lot quieter. I didn't get the train waking me up," said Daniel about his new living situation. "I was comfortable, overwhelmed. Still I woke up and realized, 'Wow, I'm in a trailer. I'm not in a tent anymore.'"

Along with a place to live and food to eat, a local car dealership offered Daniel a job that he starts on Tuesday.

"There's so much stuff I'm constantly going through," said Daniel. "It's really overwhelming but really amazing at the same time." 

The town of Medway said they are providing Daniel with outreach services to help him get back on his feet, but the camper must be off the property by Dec. 1 because of a town ordinance violation.

Meghan Markle pregnant, expecting first child with Prince Harry

The Duchess of Sussex – known as Meghan Markle until her May wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry – is pregnant, Kensington Palace announced Monday.

>> Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding photos: The kiss, the ring and more highlights

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace tweeted

>> PHOTOS: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle announce baby on the way

In a second post, the palace added: “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

>> See the tweets here

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Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, “is very happy about this lovely news, and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild,” the palace said in a statement, according to People magazine.

Reporters from multiple news outlets said the palace would not say whether Meghan had told her father, Thomas Markle, that she was pregnant.

The news came as Meghan and Harry began a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, The Associated Press reported.

Read more here.

Fugitive's own dog leads deputies to him after chase, officials say

An Oklahoma man is behind bars after his own dog led deputies to him during a search, officials said.

>> Read a Facebook post about the incident here

James L. Ayer's arrest came Saturday, three days after sheriff's deputies served a search warrant for methamphetamine and firearms at a Wagoner County barn that was turned into a house.

When deputies entered the house Wednesday, they said they found Carrie Metcalf hiding inside and arrested her on other warrants.

Drugs and firearms were found during the search, deputies said.

Investigators later identified Ayer as another suspect. He had been on the run from police until his arrest this weekend, officials said.

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Deputies said they spotted Ayer's car Saturday and pulled him over. Ayer got out of the car, ran from deputies and hid in a nearby field, officials said.

Searchlights were put up in the area while officials looked for Ayer. Deputies were able to see a dog's eyes glowing and looking at them, according to the incident report. When deputies went toward the dog, they found Ayer hiding, the report said.

Deputies said they later found out that the dog that helped them was Ayer's personal pet.

Proceeds from 40-pound, $2,000 pizza will go to Hurricane Florence victims

40-pound pizza you can only find in New York City goes for $2,000.

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However, the owner of Champion Pizza said every penny he makes off the cheeseburger pie will go toward Hurricane Florence victims in North Carolina.

>> On WSOCTV.com: GOP lawmakers say they're ready to OK $800M in Florence aid

The pizza has five layers and takes a lot of preparation.

It’s so big that at least two people have to load it into the oven, and the pizza has to be split in half to fit.

The pizza is sold at seven locations across New York City.

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"I wish or I hope like someone who likes pizza and makes $100,000 – you never know – maybe someone will buy that,” owner Hakki Akdeniz said.

8 Man Jam Rules 2018

LISTEN & CALL TO WIN SWEEPSTAKES RULES TEMPLATE

“8 MAN JAM CONTEST”

 

OFFICIAL RULES

 

  1.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

 

  1.  Eligibility. Subject to the additional restrictions below, the “8 MAN JAM CONTEST” (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to legal residents of Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Wilson, counties in the State of Texas, who are 18 years or older at the time of entry and who are in possession of a valid government-issued photo ID and a Social Security card. Employees of Cox Media Group, Silver Eagle Distributors and the family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees, are not eligible to enter or to win. The term “family members” includes spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, grandchildren and in-laws, regardless of where they live. No person may win a prize more than once during the Sweepstakes period, and only (1) one winner may win per household. For purposes of all contests, a “household” includes all persons who are domiciled with an entrant, regardless of family relation. The person claiming the prize must be one and the same. No substitutions allowed. All winners are subject to verification. 

 

  1.  How To Enter. The Sweepstakes will begin at approximately 8:10am (C.S.T.)] on October 15th, 2018 and end at approx. 5:10pm (C.S.T.) on November 28th, 2018 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Sponsor will be the official timekeeper for the Sweepstakes. 

 

 To enter, listen to Sponsor’s KCYY FM/Y100 radio broadcast (the “Show”) at approximately 8:10am, 9:10am, 10:10am, 11:10am, 12:10pm, 1:10pm, 2:10pm, 3:10pm, 4:10pm and 5:10pm C.S.T. each weekday during each of the 8 Man Jam Contest Period. Every weekday during the Contest Period at approximately 8:10am, 9:10am, 10:10am, 11:10am, 12:10pm, 1:10pm, 2:10pm, 3:10pm, 4:10pm and 5:10pm C.S.T. Sponsor will announce play a prerecorded “call to action” telling you to call in now for your chance to win tickets. When you hear the announcement, call Sponsor’s Sweepstakes Line at 210-470-5299 to try to be the 10th caller.

Every weekend during the Contest Period at approximately 8:10am, 9:10am, 10:10am, 11:10am, 12:10pm, 1:10pm, 2:10pm, 3:10pm, 4:10pm and 5:10pm C.S.T. Sponsor will announce play a prerecorded “call to action” telling you to call in now for your chance to win tickets. When you hear the announcement, call Sponsor’s Sweepstakes Line at 210-470-5299 to try to be the 10th caller

Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, the 10th person to call Sponsor’s Sweepstakes Line, as solely determined by Sponsor, will become a Finalist. 

 

To qualify as a Finalist, (a) you must be listening to the Show at the time the announcement is broadcast; (b) you must be declared by Sponsor to be 10th person to call Sponsor’s Sweepstakes Line at 210-470-5299; and (c) you must comply with all other terms and conditions of these Official Rules. Telephone calls will be taken by Sweepstakes operators in the order they are received, and the operators will count the number of calls received after each on-air 8 MAN JAM Contest announcement to determine the 10th caller. The determinations of Sponsor and Sweepstakes operators will be final and binding in all respects. 

 

Enter as often as you like, provided that automatic telephone dialing equipment or other software or computer assisted dialing equipment is prohibited and will result in disqualification.

 

Listeners accessing Sponsor’s radio station audio via IP connections like website-based streaming or mobile devices are welcome to enter. However, Sponsor cannot be responsible for delays in electronic transmission of station audio to IP devices. By entering this Sweepstakes, listeners acknowledge and agree to this specific provision of these Official Rules. In addition, Sponsor will not be responsible for loss of service to the Sweepstakes Line or for a participant’s failure to reach the Sweepstakes Line due to malfunction of any network or system, congestion, any technical or human error, failures or malfunctions of any kind, including the congestion, overload, busy signals, or any other factor that may prevent an individual from completing his/her phone call. In the event of interruption of power or telephone service to Sponsor during a call-in period of the Sweepstakes prior to accepting 10th caller, or a change in programming that results in Sponsor’s inability to air a call-in opportunity, Sponsor will not replay the affected call-in opportunity and the number of Finalists opportunities awarded for each “8 MAN JAM CONTEST” in this Sweepstakes will be reduced accordingly. If a 10th caller is ineligible, or fails to comply with any term of condition of these Official Rules, that caller will be disqualified and no Finalist will be selected during that call-in period.

 

Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons who submit false or misleading entry information or who Sponsor determines to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Sweepstakes.

 

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Stop by any of the onsite locations Y100 will be at and register to win a pair of tickets. 5 to 10 pair of tickets will be given away at each location. Winners must be present to win. Same rules apply to all winners onsite as on air. Locations are listed below as well as on 8manjam.com 

 

   

8 Man Jam Timeline

      

Oct 16 12p-2p

   

The Sand Box, 7280 UTSA Blvd, Suite 110

     

Oct 18 2p-4p

   

Metro PCS 6634 Bing Engleman Rd, Ste 102

     

Oct 19 1p-3p

   

Twin Peaks Park North, 702 NW Loop 410

     

Oct 23 2p-4p

   

TBD Location

     

Oct 25 12p-2p

   

Alamo City Chevrolet, 9400 San Pedro

     

Oct 30 12p-2p

   

TX Western Wearhouse 6161 NW Loop 410

     

Nov 1 12p-2p

   

Ticket Hit: Metro PCS

     

Nov 2 7p-9p

   

Little Woodrow’s 2535 Babcock Rd

     

Nov 6 12p-2p

   

Alamo City Chevrolet, 9400 San Pedro

     

Nov 8 2p-4p

   

Texas Western Wearhouse 6161 Loop 410

     

Nov 9 5p-7p

   

Little Woodrow’s 606 W Afton Oaks Blvd

     

Nov 15 12p-2p

   

Ticket Hit: Metro PCS

     

Nov 16 7p-9p

   

151 Saloon 10619 Westover Hills Blvd

     

Nov 20 12p-2p

   

Ticket Hit: Alamo City Chevrolet

     

Nov 27 2p-4p

   

Metro PCS 5137 West Avenue

     

Nov 28 Last Hit 12p-2p

   

Alamo City Chevrolet 9400 San Pedro Ave

  

 

  1.  Winner Selection and Odds. A maximum of 330 Finalists will be selected during the Sweepstakes Period on air. Odds of becoming a Finalist depend on the number of eligible participants who call to participate during a particular call-in period and the order in which calls are received.

 

 

  1.  Prize Description

 

Three hundred and thirty (330) Prizes: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, Two Hundred Seventy Four (274) Winners will receive A pair of tickets to Y100’s 8 Man Jam Concert at Majestic Theatre on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 7:00pm (ARV: $0).

 

No refund or compensation will be paid in the event of the cancellation or delay of the 8 MAN JAM Concert, or any portion thereof. Sponsor will not be liable if the Concert, or any portion of it, is cancelled or delayed. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, attempt to reschedule for a future Concert. Concert tickets are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by issuer. The terms and conditions of the Concert tickets may govern if the Concert is cancelled due to weather, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason. Sponsor is not responsible for, and will not replace, lost, mutilated, or stolen Concert tickets, vouchers, or certificates. 

 

Limit: One (1) prize per person and per household.

 

  1.  Winner Notification and Acceptance. Potential winners will be notified at the conclusion of each 8 MAN JAM Contest Period at the telephone number provided after becoming a finalist. 

 

Potential winner must respond to Sponsor’s notification within 48 hours of notice or attempted notice. 

 

To claim his/her prize, the potential winner must personally visit Sponsor’s offices at 8122 Datapoint Suite 600, San Antonio TX, 78229 within forty-eight (48) hours after notification (office visits must be between the hours of 8:30 a.m.(C.S.T.) and 5:30pm (C.S.T.) weekdays and must present a valid government-issued photo ID. 

 

Potential winners may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, and a liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law), which must be notarized and returned within forty-eight (48) hours of notification and a written commitment to attend 8 MAN JAM Concert on 11/28/2018 at approx. 7:00pm

 

Sponsor’s inability to reach a potential winner after a reasonable (as solely determined by Sponsor) effort has been made, the failure of a potential winner to timely respond to a prize notification, the return of any prize notification as undeliverable, the inability of winner and his/her guest to travel within the time period specified by Sponsor, and/or a potential winner’s failure to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, result in the potential winner’s disqualification and the selection of a substitute winner by a random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries received during the 8 MAN JAM Contest Period. Sponsor will conduct up to two (2) alternate drawings, after which the prize will remain unawarded. 

 

A PARTICIPANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE UNLESS AND UNTIL SPONSOR HAS COMPLETED ITS VERIFICATION OF PARTICIPANT’S ELIGIBILITY. 

 

A winner may waive the right to receive a prize. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. No substitutions allowed by winner. Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes or components of prize packages with a prize or component of equal or greater value. Winner is solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on a prize. Winner may be required to provide his/her valid Social Security Number to Sponsor for tax purposes and/or complete an IRS W-9 form in order to claim a prize. Winners are solely responsible for all federal, state and local taxes on prize value and, as applicable, will be issued an IRS Form 1099 based on the prize value determined by Sponsor. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor.

 

  1.  Publicity. Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes the winner’s irrevocable consent to the publication or other use by Sponsor and its licensees of his or her name, biographical information and likeness in any media, including the Internet, for any commercial, publicity or promotional purpose, without limitation, review or approval, or additional compensation. 

 

  1.  Participation. By participating, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and any Sweepstakes judges or administrators selected by Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Sweepstakes is compromised by tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes. Should the Sweepstakes be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date. Proof of sending or submission of an entry will not be deemed proof of receipt by Sponsor.

 

  1.  Release. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE SWEEPSTAKES, EACH PARTICIPANT AGREES TO FULLY RELEASE, FOREVER DISCHARGE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, COX MEDIA GROUP, INC., COX ENTERPRISES, INC., KCYY FM AND THEIR RESPECTIVE SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS, DISTRIBUTORS, ADVERTISING/PROMOTION AGENCIES, AND PRIZE SUPPLIERS AND EACH SUCH COMPANY’S OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) FROM AND AGAINST ANY CLAIMS, COSTS, LIABILITIES, LOSSES, INJURIES, AND DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY CLAIMS FOR PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, OR DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF PROPERTY, LOSS OF ENJOYMENT, OR ANY OTHER HARM WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF: (1) PARTICIPATION IN THE SWEEPSTAKES; (2) THE QUALITY, RECEIPT, POSSESSION, USE, OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE; OR (3) ANY TRAVEL OR ACTIVITY THAT IS RELATED TO THE SWEEPSTAKES OR ANY PRIZE.

 

  1.  Limitations of Liability. By PARTICIPATING IN the Sweepstakes, PARTICIPANTs acknowledge and agree that EVERYTHING REGARDING THIS SWEEPSTAKES, INCLUDING THE prize(S), ARE provided “as is” and that Sponsor makes no representations or warranties OF ANY KIND, express or implied, about the Prize(S) and sponsor hereby DISCLAIMS all such warranties, including, but not limited to, any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. (BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN IMPLIED WARRANTIES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, THE LIABILITY OF THE RELEASED PARTIES IS LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY SUCH STATE LAW.)

 

The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by PARTICIPANTs, printing OR PRODUCTION errors, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or EMPLOYED in the Sweepstakes; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Sweepstakes; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries, or the notification of any winner; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from A PARTICIPANT’S participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. 

 

Only the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules is available to be won in the Sweepstakes. In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming, or any other reasons cause more than the stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate eligible prize claims. 

 

  1.  Construction. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these Official Rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.

 

  1.  Sponsor. The 8 MAN JAM CONTEST PROMOTION is sponsored by Cox Radio, Inc., d/b/a Cox Media Group San Antonio. The decisions of Sponsor regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Sweepstakes shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials or announcements relating to the Sweepstakes. For a list of winners or a copy of these Official Rules, visit www.y100fm.com or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “8 Man Jam Winners List/Official Rules” (as applicable), “8 Man Jam Contest”8122 Datapoint, Suite 600, San Antonio TX, 78229. If you have any questions regarding this Sweepstakes, please contact Y100 FM Promotions at 210-615-5400. 

 

 

Hershey's mixes two favorites in new candy bar

It is a match made in candy heaven.

>> Read more trending news 

The Hershey Company is debuting a new candy bar that combines the company’s signature chocolate bar with Reese’s Pieces, and has found the perfect couple to celebrate the union, WHTM reported.

Hershey’s invited Craig Hirschey and Jenny Ries for a photo shoot at the company’s headquarters in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the television station reported.

The couple got engaged this year and will be married in February.

Undoubtedly, this couple has shared some kisses during their four-year courtship, and Hershey will document that love in its marketing campaign, WHTM reported.

The new candy bar will hit stores in November.

5 children hospitalized with polio-like sudden paralysis in Washington state

Five children in Washington state have been hospitalized for the sudden onset of paralysis of one or more of their limbs, Washington State Department of Health officials announced Wednesday.

Health department officials are working with experts to confirm whether the children have acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). 

All five of the infants and children are younger than 6 years old

>> On WPXI.com: Acute flaccid myelitis: Why is mysterious polio-like illness afflicting children so badly?

AFM is a rare condition that affects the nervous system, especially the spinal cord, health officials said. 

On Oct. 8, WSB-TV in Atlanta reported an uptick in the illness impacting children. 

It is raising serious red flags with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.

The rare disease is similar to polio.

The five young children being treated in Washington state reportedly had symptoms of a respiratory illness in the week prior to developing symptoms of AFM.

Health officials said the children are residents of King County, Pierce County, Lewis County and Snohomish County. 

In 2016, there were nine cases of AFM in Washington state, health officials said. In 2017, there were three cases, and since the beginning of 2018, there has been one case in the state.

>> Read more trending news 

“Symptoms (of AFM) typically include sudden weakness in one or more arms or legs, along with loss of muscle tone and decreased or absent reflexes,” health officials said. “AFM can cause a range of types and severity of symptoms, but the commonality among them is a loss of strength or movement in one or more arms or legs. The cause of any individual case of AFM can be hard to determine, and often, no cause is found. CDC specialists will make the final determination if these (new Washington state) cases are AFM.”

Read more here.

Acute flaccid myelitis: Why is mysterious polio-like illness afflicting children so badly?

The mysterious polio-like disease that may be afflicting three children in Pittsburgh and others in Minnesota is raising a lot of concern.

>> Watch the news report here

Pittsburgh's WPXI sat down with Dr. Jennifer Preiss from the Allegheny Health Network to talk about acute flaccid myelitis, also known as AFM.

>> On WPXI.com: 3 children possibly suffering from polio-like disease being treated at Children's Hospital

“It’s bringing back a lot of hysteria, and if you knew anyone who lived during the polio time, there was a lot of hysteria about polio,” Preiss said. “Most of the time, everyone gets better and everyone is fine, but in these rare cases, there is some immune response that is attacking the muscles of these children.”

The Centers for Disease Control doesn’t know the exact cause of this virus that starts as a cold but then attacks the nervous system, causing different forms of paralysis.

Preiss says a lot is dependent on how a person’s immune system responds to this particular virus.

>> Read more trending news 

“Some of the time, when people get viruses – and I’m not even speaking about this particular virus – bad things happen because we have these hyper-immune systems, and some of these hyper-immune system responses are what causes the paralysis,” she said.

The CDC is now looking at the samples taken from the children at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

It will be several weeks before we know if the virus strain in Pittsburgh is the same as the virus in Minnesota that’s affected six kids and made national headlines.

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