8-year-old IN girl receiving treatment for rare ‘polio-like’ disease

6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disease

State health officials said that AFM is not a disease that is required to be reported, so the number of cases is based on those who have voluntarily reported it.

All of the patients are "from northern IL", according to the health department, but no other location information was provided.

Since that time, more than 360 new cases of AFM were reported.

Basic symptoms usually add lower backache or sharp shooting sensations that shoot out down the legs or arms or around the torso, aural alterations, dotting symptoms, Difficulty moving the eyes or bending eyelids, Facial dangle or weakness, Difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech, sudden arm or leg weakness.

The condition is rare, with only 1 in 1 million people in the United States contracting the disease, according to the CDC.

Health officials said that a single cause of AFM has not been found and often no cause is found.

Reports surfaced on Wednesday that two Chicago-area children are being treated at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for the illness - including 2-year-old Julia Payne, who has been fighting the illness for almost a month. This is because CDC is asking doctors to be alert for patients with symptoms of AFM so that we can learn more about this condition.

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Katie Payne, the child's mother, said her faith is what's keeping them going, and said she's sharing this story to help spread the word about the illness.

The Colorado Department of Health says it has 14 confirmed cases this year, all of whom are children who needed hospitalization.

"The state health department has been monitoring this situation closely since early spring".

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital evaluated and cared for two patients with suspected AFM.

You can protect against bites from mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus, by using mosquito repellent, staying indoors at dusk and dawn (when bites are more common), and removing standing or stagnant water near your home (where mosquitoes can breed).

Despite these frightening cases of AFM, it's important to remember that the condition continues to be rare. "So we've seen that there's an association between viruses, specifically enterovirus, in the past".

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