Nine people who are all under the age of 18 and from northern IL have been diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis or AFM. There were about 15 cases reported in August 2018.
Two children in IL have been diagnosed with a rare Polio-like illness that is seeing a sudden uptick, mainly in kids, across the US. Since then, at least 362 cases have been reported across the country, according to the federal agency. Experts don't know what causes it. It has received increased attention in recent weeks after health officials in Minnesota and Colorado saw spikes in reported cases, Illinois Public Health Department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said. So far this year, cases have been reported in 16 states. "Since 2015, four cases reviewed by CDC experts have been counted in IL", the IDHP stated.
Symptoms include facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech.
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According to UH, AFM is a rare condition that attacks the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, and can cause paralysis.
Health officials say enteroviruses (polio and non-polio), West Nile virus (WNV) and viruses in the same family as WNV may cause AFM. AFM has been compared to polio because the condition can lead to paralysis.