10 kids diagnosed with rare polio-like illness in Illinois

Illinois investigating 9 ‘sporadic’ cases of polio-like illness in children | Belleville News-Democrat

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia reports two recent cases of polio-like illness

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

More and more cases of a rare polio-like illness are being reported across the country, according to news reports.

It comes on suddenly and can cause a variety of symptoms, including dizziness, inability to walk, trouble swallowing or trouble moving an arm.

Also this week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced that 14 cases of AFM have occurred in the state this year. The other is an 8-year-old girl from IN, whose father said she has some paralysis and a partially-collapsed lung.

Being up to date on polio vaccinations is one way to protect yourself and your family from AFM, says the CDC.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah said Friday it's understandable parents would be concerned. In addition to the pair of cases at CHOP, three cases are also being treated in Pittsburgh, 6ABC reported. For moreinformation on AFM, visit the CDC website.From January 1st to September 30th, a total of 38 people in 16 states have been confirmed to have AFM. "It may take a month or two because there's a lot of documentation to go through and an expert panel that needs to review". "We know that some patients diagnosed with AFM have recovered quickly, and some continue to have paralysis and require ongoing care".

AFM stems from enterovirus EV-D68. Most of the patients are children.

In recent weeks, six cases of the illness, known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), have been diagnosed in children in Minnesota - a state the typically sees less than one case of AFM per year, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The cause of any individual case of AFM can be hard to determine, and often, no cause is found. CDC specialists will make the final determination if these cases are AFM.

Hicar encourages parents to get their children vaccinated to avoid potential illnesses this flu season. It's a rare reaction to a common viral infection.

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