10 cases of AFM reported in IL

Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital

Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital

Ten children in IL have now been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare polio-like condition, in IL. There were about 15 cases reported in August 2018.

CDC officials said that they have not confirmed a cause for the majority of AFM cases and continue to investigate. But there is a suspected case in Buffalo involving a 3-year-old boy.

A rare disease similar to polio appears to be spiking. AFM has been compared to polio because the condition can lead to paralysis.

Specialists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will confirm the diagnoses.

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Various viruses can cause AFM, including West Nile and enteroviruses.

The most severe symptom of AFM is respiratory failure that can happen when the muscles involved with breathing become weak.

"The CDC has indicated there might be some increases in cases, and in mid-September we advised health care providers to be vigilant and report to the health department so that we can pass on the information to the CDC", Arnold said. In some cases, the cause of AFM remains unknown.

Parents are encouraged to consult a doctor if they see symptoms of the condition, including weakness, eyelid or facial drooping, difficulty moving the eyes, difficulty swallowing or slurred speech, according to the state health department.

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