Rare, polio-like illness detected in Pittsburgh area

The state department of health says AFM typically happens in kids, and all five cases in western Washington have affected very young children.

AFM is a rare condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord.

"In September, [the Illinois Department of Public Health] issued an alert to health care providers about AFM, including information about reporting this clinical syndrome and submitting specimens".

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

We've been reporting about the polio-like illness affecting two children here in Chicago, nine in northern IL and others across the country, but how concerned should parents be about the spread to their children?

Dr. Vishnu Chundi is a Senior Partner at Metro Infectious Disease Consultants and Chair of Infection Control at Loyola McNeil Hospital and West Suburban Medical Center.

CDC specialists will make the final call on whether these cases are in fact AFM.

"It was originally recognized in Colorado", Chundi said.

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"Most of the cases [of AFM] that CDC has learned about have been in children", the CDC writes on its website.

And in 2018 alone, 38 new cases of AFM in 16 states across the country were confirmed by the CDC. Her parents told the Chicago Tribune that symptoms at first were on par with those of a common cold. She was rushed to the hospital about a month ago. Her pediatric intensive care doctor says the road to recovery will be a long one with much physical therapy.

All the children showed systems of a respiratory illness the week before developing symptoms of AFM.

DeBolt says AFM seems to come in cycles. Keep asking questions. If they can't give you answers, ask more questions. "Less than one in a million people in the United States get AFM each year", the CDC says.

"In the last few days, [she] has mouthed a few words, giving us thumbs ups, kind of created her own Julia language with leg kicks and hip wiggles", said her father, Josh Pane.

Katie Payne said she and her husband are sharing their story "to spread awareness of this insane, rare, scary disease".

It resembles polio, but unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM.

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