Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
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IL investigating 9 ‘sporadic’ cases of polio-like illness in children

IL investigating 9 ‘sporadic’ cases of polio-like illness in children

State and local health officials on Thursday said they are investigating a possible sixth case of a rare nervous system disorder that causes sudden limb paralysis in children.

Nine people who are all under the age of 18 and from northern IL have been diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis or AFM.

All of the recent cases have arisen in northern Illinois, but Illinois Department of Public Health officials did not provide any more detailed information about the most recent case or the other cases. It is most commonly diagnosed in children.

"Illinois has monitored this syndrome since 2014 when it was first described by CDC".


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

A growing number of cases are being reported across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control says there have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM in 16 states so far this year. Among them is two-year-old Julia Payne, whose symptoms started off resembling those of a common cold.

Symptoms can include arm or leg weakness, loss of muscle tone, respiratory failure and even death. Recently, Minnesota state officials also put out an alert after receiving reports of six recent AFM cases involving children.

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