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AFM affects the nervous system, specifically, the central region of the spinal cord which is filled with grey matter-a type of nerve cell. Minnesota typically records one case of AFM each year, and some years it does not have any at all, the department said.

Up through September of this year, 38 cases of AFM have been confirmed in 16 states, according to the CDC, and 362 people have contracted AFM since August 2014.

On Wednesday, theIllinois Department of Public Health announced it was investigating nine recent cases of AFM in patients under the age of 18, all of which are reportedly limited to "northern Illinois". She also requested the agency answer seven questions about its response efforts by October 16 and conduct a member-level briefing for senators seeking more information on the issue. Less than one in a million people will get AFM annually.

There is no specific treatment for AFM, and the long-term outcomes for AFM patients is unknown. Then, cases spiked again to 149 in 2016. The CDC says little is known about what causes the disease. The CDC3 does not advocate the use of steroids, IVig, or plasma exchange in AFM, but individuals with AFM or caregivers of children with AFM should discuss treatment recommendations with their physician.

"It's always important to practice disease prevention steps, such as staying up-to-date on vaccines, washing your hands, and protecting yourself from mosquito bites", the CDC said on a page devoted to AFM. From August 2014 through August 2018, the CDC has been notified of 362 cases of the illness, mostly in children.

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Kris Ehresmann with the state Health Department advises parents, "Any kind of acute muscle weakness in their kids, in arms and legs, that obviously doesn't have anything to do with spraining your ankle at soccer, that definitely they should seek medical attention".

Symptoms can include sudden arm or leg weakness, a loss of reflexes, facial droopiness or weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing, or slurred speech, the CDC says.

The most severe symptom of AFM is respiratory failure that can happen when the muscles involved with breathing become weak.

The patients' symptoms have been most similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including poliovirus, non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and West Nile virus. It is actively investigating AFM cases, and trying to unearth more information about the rare condition. The agency is also studying AFM outbreaks to better understand the condition and uring healthcare providers to be vigilant about its symptoms.

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