Friday, 19 October, 2018

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CBS 11 News reached out to Cook Children's for more information, but so far the hospital has only confirmed three cases of AFM and that they're looking at a suspected fourth case. Drooping of the face or eyelids and trouble speaking or swallowing.

AFM is rare - fewer than 1 in a million people are affected in the US each year - and it mostly occurs in children.

We've been reporting about the polio-like illness affecting two children here in Chicago, nine in northern IL and others across the country, but how concerned should parents be about the spread to their children?

Symptoms may include muscle weakness in the arms, legs and neck.

The polio-like illness is not new but there has been an increase in cases this year with at least eight reported in Texas. However, there has been a spike in cases since 2014 and most of those infected have been children.

AFM cases first spiked in the United States in August 2014.

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Indeed, there has been an uptick in cases of AFM across the country.

In the past, Minnesota may only see one case in a year. The Minnesota cases have been diagnosed since September 20, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, which says officials are working "aggressively" with health care providers to try to gather more information about the cases.

AFM is not a reportable disease, meaning there may be more cases that were just treated and the child recovered and AFM wasn't diagnosed. Environmental toxins and genetic disorders are also potentially involved in the development of the disease.

All the children showed systems of a respiratory illness the week before developing symptoms of AFM.

In previous years, cases of AFM in Colorado and elsewhere have been positive for a different enterovirus, EV-D68. It can also be caused by poliovirus and non-polio enteroviruses, mosquito-borne viruses (such as West Nile virus or Zika virus) and possibly by non-infectious conditions. "While we don't know if it is effective in preventing AFM, washing your hands often with soap and water is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to other people". While rare officials over the USA are dealing with a spike in cases. AFM can cause a range of types and severity of symptoms, but the commonality among them is a loss of strength or movement in one or more arms or legs.

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