10 cases of AFM under investigation in northern, central Illinois

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Ten cases of Acute Flaccid Myeltis (AFM) are being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in northern and central Illinois, of the sixteen cases total. 

Announced Wednesday, the IDPH said the CDC has confirmed three cases, classified one as probable AFM and declared two not to be AFM.The other 10 remain under investigated. 

All but one patient is under the age of 18.  Additional information, including specific location, is not available. 

IDPH is continuing to work with health care providers to collect necessary information to send to CDC, which reviews the information to confirm if the case will be classified as AFM. 

AFM is a very rare neurological condition. More than 100 cases have been confirmed or suspected within 22 states this year so far. It can affect a person’s nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, and can cause muscle weakness and even paralysis.

Two cases were treated at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria this year, along with a third suspected case.

The underlying cause(s) of AFM is not known. CDC has been actively investigating AFM and continues to receive information about suspected AFM cases.

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