Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

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

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

State and local health officials on Thursday said they are investigating a possible sixth case of a rare nervous system disorder that causes sudden limb paralysis in children.

There is no specific treatment for AFM, but a neurologist may recommend certain interventions on a case-by-case basis.

The condition has gained attention in the past week after the parents of a 2-year-old Batavia girl came forward to share their story to raise awareness.

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) specifically affects the spinal cord, causing the muscles and reflexes in the body to work abnormally. 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.

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

As of now no AFM cases have been reported in Southern Illinois. This year, there have been 38 confirmed cases in 16 states across the U.S.

Symptoms can include arm or leg weakness, loss of muscle tone, respiratory failure and even death. AFM has been compared to polio because the condition can lead to paralysis.

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