9 cases of Polio-like illness confirmed in IL

9 cases of Polio-like illness confirmed in IL

9 cases of Polio-like illness confirmed in IL

As of now there has been 10 cases of AFM reported in Northern Illinois.

The condition has gained attention in the past week after the parents of a 2-year-old Batavia girl came forward to share their story to raise awareness.

Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, is a rare, but potentially severe condition that has been on the rise, a recent report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevent stated. Experts don't know what causes it.

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

"It's very hard to understand what kids are going to react this way and which aren't", Malakooti said earlier this week.

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Officials liken the disease to Polio. "Since 2015, four cases reviewed by CDC experts have been counted in IL", the IDHP stated. The CDC says the condition is not new but there's been an increase in cases starting in 2014. This year, there have been 38 confirmed cases in 16 states across the U.S.

In September, the Illinois Department of Public Health sent out an alert to health providers about AFM.

Symptoms can include arm or leg weakness, loss of muscle tone, respiratory failure and even death.

14 cases have been reported in Colorado, and six cases are being investigated in Minnesota.

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