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Nine Cases of Uncommon Nervous System Condition Reported in Northern Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health is confirming nine cases of an uncommon nervous system condition.

The patients are under 18, from northern Illinois and have all been hospitalized with Acute Flaccid Myelitis or AFM.  It can be caused by a variety of viruses, including West Nile…environmental toxins and genetic disorders says Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah.

“We are recommending anyone that is a parent who has a child that has had a respiratory virus and then in the days or weeks after that virus experiences a really rapid onset of limbs going limp and paralysis that they immediately go to their health care provider.”

There is no specific treatment so patients are cared for on a case by case basis.