Girl, 2, Recovering From Rare Polio-Like Condition at Chicago Hospital - NBC Chicago

Girl, 2, Recovering From Rare Polio-Like Condition at Chicago Hospital

There have been 38 confirmed cases of the condition across 16 states

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    Mysterious "AFM" Disease in Chicago

    A 2-year-old girl is recovering from a rare disease similar to polio at a Chicago hospital. NBC 5's Natalie Martinez reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018)

    A 2-year-old girl is recovering from a rare disease similar to polio at a Chicago hospital.

    Lurie Children’s hospital confirmed Tuesday the child was recovering from Acute Flaccid Myelitis.

    AFM is a puzzling condition that causes partial paralysis in children. It is on the uptick in parts of the U.S., with six cases under investigation in Minnesota and 14 reported in Colorado, health officials said Monday.

    The children have acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, a weakening of the nerves that resembles polio. It was first widely recognized in 2014, when 120 children were diagnosed, NBC News reported.

    So far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been 38 confirmed cases of the polio-like condition across 16 states.

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