Chicago girl diagnosed with rare polio-like disease

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Two patients suspected of carrying a "polio-like" disease called acute flaccid myelthis (AFM) recently received care at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. There were about 15 cases reported in August 2018.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AFM causes inflammation of the spinal cord area that can directly impact muscle use.

The reported IL cases are preliminary diagnoses and only the U.S. Centers for Disease Control can confirm the diagnosis, according to Arnold.

In the case of the Batavia child, doctors say Julia Payne contracted what's known as an enterovirus and that was the cause of her AFM.

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Children's Mercy encourages people to stay home when they are sick to prevent the spread of respiratory illness. So far this year, cases have been reported in 16 states. Since then, at least 362 cases have been reported across the country, according to the federal agency.

Dr. Tina Tan, who specializes in infectious diseases and has attended to one of the children being treated for the illness, said the best advice for parents is to be vigilant and take note of concerning symptoms.

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.