12 Illinoisans now investigated for AFM

ILLINOIS (WAND) – There are three confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in Illinois, according to health officials.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says there are three confirmed cases out of the 16 people they looked at for AFM, along with a confirmed probable AFM case. They also have ruled two of the people do not have AFM.

The other 10 cases are still under investigation. 

Of the 16 people investigated, all of them are from northern and central Illinois and one is under 18 years old.

AFM is a rare condition that, according to the CDC, hurts a person’s nervous system and causes their muscles and reflexes to weaken. Symptoms can include facial drooping, problems moving the eyes, drooping eyelids or problems with swallowing. The CDC says less than one million Americans are diagnosed with AFM each year.

“IDPH continues to work with health care providers to collect necessary information to send to CDC, which reviews the information to confirm if the case will be classified as AFM,” a Wednesday press release said. “IDPH encourages providers to report suspected cases to their local health department.”

More information about AFM is available here.