Ten suspected cases of rare nervous system disease in northern IL children

Ten suspected cases of rare nervous system disease in northern IL children

Ten children in IL have now been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare polio-like condition, in IL.

The Washington Department of Health said Wednesday that the children are 6 or younger.

The most severe symptom of AFM is respiratory failure that can happen when the muscles involved with breathing become weak.

The children live in King, Pierce, Lewis, Snohomish and Skagit counties.

It's not a new condition, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the increase is not normal. According to the CDC, the largest number of cases, about 50, were reported in September 2014 before dropping to single digits in following months. "And only about five cases have been reported", Hicar said. NYSDOH reports suspect cases of AFM due to EV-D68 to CDC for further investigation, and no cases have been confirmed in New York State in 2018 thus far.

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As of now no AFM cases have been reported in Southern Illinois. Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist Mark Hicar said driving the vehicle is more of a danger than catching AFM. "We're working closely with medical providers and public health agencies".

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

In 2014, 120 children were diagnosed with AFM.

"It is sudden onset of weakness in an arm, leg, face or the muscles that help us swallow and we use to speak", Dr. Amaran Moodley told ABC News.

The CDC said that the patients' symptoms have been most similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including poliovirus, non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and West Nile virus. Staying update on recommended immunizations is also important to avoiding vaccine preventable illnesses.

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