CDC Confirms 116 Cases Of Polio-Like AFM Illness In 31 States


The CDC has announced that there are more cases being reported on the mysterious polio-like virus that has over a hundred people sick. Of those cases, 116 are confirmed, up by 10 from last week. There are 7 confirmed cases in IL and 2 cases confirmed in Iowa.

The latest number of confirmed AFM cases, spread across 31 states, is slightly more than double the number reported in October by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released its latest findings on Monday.

The CDC said more than 90 percent of patients with AFM since 2014 have been children younger than four years old.

There were only 33 confirmed cases in 2017. There are 15 cases in Colorado, the state with the highest number, followed by Texas with 14 confirmed cases.

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States with large populations or good methods for reporting the disease are more likely to have a larger number of cases, according to the CDC. There is no vaccine or treatment, though health officials urge people to seek medical care immediately should they develop its symptoms, which typically begin with a mild respiratory illness or fever consistent with a viral infection.

The patients with confirmed AFM are in 31 states, which the CDC has now identified for the first time. Although the CDC has encouraged doctors to report cases, there is no requirement to do so.

Two years ago there were 149 cases in 39 states and the District of Columbia, according to the CDC.