More than 200 cases of polio-like illness under investigation; 80 confirmed

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AFM, or acute flaccid myelitis, is a rare illness that affects the nervous system that can cause muscle weakness and sudden onset paralysis. There have been 80 confirmed cases of this polio-like illness in 25 states this year. In addition, there are 139 cases under investigation, and the CDC noted an increase in reports of patients under investigation who began experiencing symptoms in August, September, and October. AFM peaks every other year seasonally in late summer and fall, but researchers still have yet to identify a single factor geographically or otherwise to explain the cause.

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