Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

10 cases of AFM reported in IL

10 cases of AFM reported in IL

But there is a suspected case in Buffalo involving a 3-year-old boy. It's a rare but serious condition, that causes inflammation in the spinal cord area that directly affects a person's muscles.

CDC officials said that they have not confirmed a cause for the majority of AFM cases and continue to investigate.

The most severe symptom of AFM is respiratory failure that can happen when the muscles involved with breathing become weak.

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Specialists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will confirm the diagnoses. Medical experts have said AFM itself is not believed to be contagious, but the causes of it could be. According to the CDC, the largest number of cases, about 50, were reported in September 2014 before dropping to single digits in following months. So far this year, cases have been reported in 16 states.

As of now no AFM cases have been reported in Southern Illinois. It has received increased attention in recent weeks after health officials in Minnesota and Colorado saw spikes in reported cases, Illinois Public Health Department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said. Those who contract AFM face paralysis, long-term health problems and even death.

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

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