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6th child in Puget Sound may have nervous system disorder

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Melissa Porter | 13 October, 2018, 18:38

Illinois Department of Health officials were investigating this week after nine "sporadic" cases of children diagnosed with a new polio-like illness were reported and confirmed within the state.

Most of the cases logged by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been children.

A disease that causes partial paralysis in children has impacted nine people in IL, the Department of Health announced.

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

Officials liken the disease to Polio.

The state Health Department says the enterovirus EV-D68 typically causes a runny nose and body aches, and only rarely leads to AFM.

Since the CDC began studying AFM in 2014, there have been 362 documented cases, with 38 of them occurring this year. "Since 2015, four cases reviewed by CDC experts have been counted in IL", the IDHP stated. Those who contract AFM face paralysis, long-term health problems and even death. They had symptoms of a respiratory illness in the week before developing symptoms of AFM. So far this year, cases have been reported in 16 states.