39 kids in NY have had virus linked to polio-like illness

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According to UH, AFM is a rare condition that attacks the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, and can cause paralysis.

While officials said the cases occurred in northern IL, more specific locations were not publicly available. Lurie Children's Hospital has treated at least two of the children diagnosed with AFM, but it had not received any additional AFM patients as of Friday. But there is a suspected case in Buffalo involving a 3-year-old boy.

Various viruses can cause AFM, including West Nile and enteroviruses.

The disease is not new but the cause remains unknown.

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The Centers for Disease Control says there have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM in 16 states so far this year.

A growing number of cases are being reported across the country.

Symptoms can include arm or leg weakness, loss of muscle tone, respiratory failure and even death. She is now one of 38 children to develop partial paralysis from acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 16 U.S. states so far this year.

From August 2014 to August 2018, the CDC reported receiving information that there had been a total of 362 cases, most of which affected children.

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