Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

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

Illinois investigating 9 ‘sporadic’ cases of polio-like illness in children | Belleville News-Democrat 9 cases of Polio-like illness confirmed in Illinois
Celia Hoffman | 12 October, 2018, 23:40

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.

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

While officials said the cases occurred in northern IL, more specific locations were not publicly available. Lurie Children's Hospital has treated at least two of the children diagnosed with AFM, but it had not received any additional AFM patients as of Friday.

Various viruses can cause AFM, including West Nile and enteroviruses. In some cases, the cause of AFM remains unknown.

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"Illinois has monitored this syndrome since 2014 when it was first described by CDC".

14 cases have been reported in Colorado, and six cases are being investigated in Minnesota. 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. This year, there have been 38 confirmed cases in 16 states across the U.S.

Symptoms include facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech.

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