CDC Investigates Cases of Polio-like Condition, Mostly Occurring in Children

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is investigating a growing number of cases of a polio-like disease, which is mostly affecting children.

Since 2014, the CDC has been investigating at least 386 possible cases of acute flaccid myelitis or AFM. This year the CDC confirmed 62 cases in 22 states.

AFM causes weakness in the arms and legs and can lead to serious neurologic problems.

The CDC says if you’re a parent, protect your child by making sure you are up to date on polio vaccinations and protect you and your kids from mosquito bites. Mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus, which may sometimes lead to AFM.

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