9 cases of Polio-like illness confirmed in Illinois

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(WAND) - A disease that causes partial paralysis in children has impacted nine people in Illinois, the Department of Health announced.

Nine people who are all under the age of 18 and from northern Illinois have been diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis or AFM.

A growing number of cases are being reported across the country.

14 cases have been reported in Colorado, and six cases are being investigated in Minnesota.

Officials liken the disease to Polio.

In 2014, 120 children were diagnosed with AFM.

So far this year, the CDC said there have been 38 confirmed cases across 16 states.

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.

Various viruses can cause AFM, including West Nile and enteroviruses. It can be transmitted by mosquitoes.

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