10 cases of AFM reported in IL

13 October, 2018, 18:42 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital

Possible causes of AFM include viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An Illinois Department of Public Health statement said they are working with doctors to collect information on the nine cases reported.

It's a rare but serious condition, that causes inflammation in the spinal cord area that directly affects a person's muscles.

While officials said the cases occurred in northern IL, more specific locations were not publicly available.


The state Health Department says the enterovirus EV-D68 typically causes a runny nose and body aches, and only rarely leads to AFM. The CDC says the condition is not new but there's been an increase in cases starting in 2014. Those who contract AFM face paralysis, long-term health problems and even death.

Children's Mercy encourages people to stay home when they are sick to prevent the spread of respiratory illness.

As of now no AFM cases have been reported in Southern Illinois. Recently, Minnesota state officials also put out an alert after receiving reports of six recent AFM cases involving children.

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