Polio-Like Illness Sweeps Country


A rare Polio-like disease that causes paralysis is affecting children across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 127 cases are under investigation.

The medical name is Acute Flaccid Myelitis or A-F-M.

The 62 confirmed cases occurred in 22 states and three of the cases in Georgia.

More than 90-percent are in patients 18 or younger with an average age of 4 years old.

The C-D-C said A-F-M could have several possible causes that could be environmental, genetic, or viral.

And despite its similarities to Polio, there’s currently no vaccine.

However, you should treat this like a cold – wash your hands often and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.

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