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

Leslie Hanson
October 13, 2018

A 10th child in IL has now been diagnosed with the poliolike condition known as acute flaccid myelitis, which causes paralysis and difficulty swallowing, according to state health officials.

While officials said the cases occurred in northern IL, more specific locations were not publicly available.

The Centers for Disease Control says there have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM in 16 states so far this year. It is most commonly diagnosed in children.

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.

Earlier this week, six children in Minnesota were diagnosed with this "rare" disease.

Other causes have been linked to environmental toxins, genetic disorders and viruses similar to the West Nile virus, according to state health officials.

Symptoms include a sudden onset of limb weakness, loss of muscle tone and reflexes, facial droop, difficulty moving eyes, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing, and slurred speech. She is now one of 38 children to develop partial paralysis from acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 16 U.S. states so far this year.

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