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At this point, doctors are not required to report AFM to the state, so it is possible that there could be unreported cases out there, according to DSHS.

Nationwide, a total of 38 people in 16 states were found by the CDC to have confirmed cases of AFM between January and September this year.

Over the past year, almost 40 cases of a polio-like sickness have been diagnosed across the country - two of which were reported right next door to Penn at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The children are being evaluated for AFM, a rare condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord.

Akron Children's is waiting on lab results of two cases that seem to fit the "clinical picture" of AFM. Some people report numbness or tingling in their arms or legs, while others have difficulty passing urine. "That enterovirus is transmittable from person to person, but you can't actually catch AFM from somebody else". The cause of most of the AFM cases is unknown. This can require urgent ventilator support (breathing machine).

If you or your child develops any of these symptoms, you should seek medical care right away.

All of the patients are "from northern IL", according to the health department, but no other location information was provided. There is no treatment but some symptoms can be managed. It can impair muscle reflexes and cause weakness in arms and legs.

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In the Red River Valley, doctors have been looking out for the signs and symptoms since the disease first appeared in 2014.

Learn more about the type of information that helps to determine if a patient has AFM or not. Potential causes can be viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders, the CDC said.

Oftentimes, despite extensive lab tests, the cause of a patient's AFM is not identified.

Some viruses and germs have been linked to AFM, including common germs that can cause colds and sore throats, and respiratory infections.

Poliovirus and West Nile virus may sometimes lead to AFM.

The agency recommends staying up-to-date on vaccines, washing hands and protecting against mosquito bites as ways to prevent the disease.

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