Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

10 kids diagnosed with rare polio-like illness in IL

10 kids diagnosed with rare polio-like illness in IL

Health officials said all the cases have come up in northern IL, and at least two of the children have been treated at Lurie Children's Hospital. As of now there has been 10 cases of AFM reported in Northern Illinois.

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

In 2014, 120 children were diagnosed with AFM.

The disease is not new but the cause remains unknown.

The disease most closely resembles polio, but doctors don't know what causes its terrifying symptoms - or how to treat them besides waiting them out.

The CDC began tracking the cases in 2014 after seeing an uptick in the number of cases.

The increase in AFM cases has coincided with a national outbreak of sever respiratory illnesses caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a non-polio virus, according to the report.

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

As of now no AFM cases have been reported in Southern Illinois. Those who contract AFM face paralysis, long-term health problems and even death. Since then, at least 362 cases have been reported across the country, according to the federal agency.

"If their child gets an enteroviral infection, they need to look for symptoms such as sudden onset of arm and leg weakness, difficulty swallowing".

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