It's a rare but serious condition, that causes inflammation in the spinal cord area that directly affects a person's muscles. As of now there has been 10 cases of AFM reported in Northern Illinois. But there is a suspected case in Buffalo involving a 3-year-old boy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention diagnosed the poliolike condition known as acute flaccid myelitis, which causes paralysis and difficulty swallowing.
The state Health Department says the enterovirus EV-D68 typically causes a runny nose and body aches, and only rarely leads to AFM.
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. "Since 2015, four cases reviewed by CDC experts have been counted in IL", the IDHP stated. So far this year, cases have been reported in 16 states. Those who contract AFM face paralysis, long-term health problems and even death.
Symptoms include a sudden onset of limb weakness, loss of muscle tone and reflexes, facial droop, difficulty moving eyes, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing, and slurred speech.