10 kids diagnosed with rare polio-like illness in Illinois

Henrietta Brewer
October 16, 2018

In the case of the Batavia child, doctors say Julia Payne contracted what's known as an enterovirus and that was the cause of her AFM.

Specialists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will confirm the diagnoses. The CDC has a list of tests that need to be done to confirm a case of AFM, but doctors ultimately need to check the spinal cord to be sure.

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. Viruses can cause a range of neurological symptoms and AFM is one of the rare conditions that can follow a viral infection.

A spokeswoman for Children's Mercy said in an email that they have notified the health department and are working with the CDC to learn more about the illness.

The agency said it hasn't confirmed the cause for the majority of the cases, which primarily occur in children.

"Surveillance has shown us that AFM cases generally peak in the months of September and October", the Nevada state health department said in a bulletin sent to healthcare providers in August.

There are a variety of possible causes of AFM, such as viruses, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders. "If this pattern continues, we should expect to see an increase in AFM cases in 2018". Experts don't know what causes it. Staying update on recommended immunizations is also important to avoiding vaccine preventable illnesses.

WSIL- An alert for parents health officials say there's a serious respiratory virus spreading across the state.

The New York State Department of Health is advising parents/guardians, other caregivers and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, which has now been confirmed in39 children in New York State.

The virus that causes polio has been eradicated in most of the world by vaccination, but regular epidemics once swept through, paralyzing thousands of children.

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