Chicago girl diagnosed with rare polio-like disease

What you need to know about the 'polio-like' illness popping up around the U.S

Illinois investigating 9 ‘sporadic’ cases of polio-like illness in children | Belleville News-Democrat

New York State health officials say 39 children have been found to have a virus that in rare cases, causes a polio-like condition.

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

While officials said the cases occurred in northern IL, more specific locations were not publicly available.

Two children in IL have been diagnosed with a rare Polio-like illness that is seeing a sudden uptick, mainly in kids, across the US.

The CDC began tracking the cases in 2014 after seeing an uptick in the number of cases.

An Illinois Department of Public Health statement said they are working with doctors to collect information on the nine cases reported. They had symptoms of a respiratory illness in the week before developing symptoms of AFM.

Officials liken the disease to Polio.

Possible causes of AFM include viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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

This year there have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM in 16 states across the nation, said UH.

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