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Polio-Like Disease Reported in United States

The disease has been reported 22 states across the country and doctors still don't know what is causing it.

Posted: Tue Oct 16 16:53:35 PDT 2018
Updated: Tue Oct 16 16:53:35 PDT 2018

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debbie debbie new this afternoon -- a polio-like illness has now been reported in 22 states across the country. and doctors still don't know what's causing it. erika edwards has the story. ### that paralyzes children are on the rise... illinois... whose arm suddenly fell limp a few weeks ago. (sot: danielle finkle - mother) "he came to me and he is supporting his left arm with his right arm and he says, 'mommy, my arm's broke.'" the centers for disease control is now investigating 127 possible cases of acute flaccid myelitis -- or afm -- in 22 states. 62 cases have been confirmed. (sot: dr. nancy messonnier - cdc) "90 percent of the cases are in those less than 18 years of age, so it is a disease primarily of children." a-f-m can cause muscles and reflexes to weaken suddenly. doctors have suspected the condition may be related to a virus. but they've been unable to pin down any one thing linking all of the cases. cases have peaked every other year since 20-14. it's a pattern that has so far stumped public health officials. (sot: dr. nancy messonnier - cdc) "we're looking really broadly at any possible cause, so we're looking at anything that might be causing the afm because our earlier investigations haven't revealed the cause." it is scary -- but extremely rare. overall, the rate of afm since 2014 has been one in a million. (s/u: erika edwards -- nbc news) "the long-term effects of afm are unknown. some recover completely. others are left with a disability for years. erika edwards, nbc news." ### on cam tag
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