Doctors warn parents to be on the lookout for polio-like disease affecting children


State health officials are warning parents to be on the lookout of signs of a polio-like condition in their children called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which has been detected in 10 children in northern Illinois.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says AFM symptoms start with flu-like symptoms and can lead to muscle weakness, slurred speech, changes in vision, and drooling.

Doctors are not sure what causes the condition, but believe some sort of virus may play a role.

Dr. Christopher Rhyne, M.D., of Swedish American Valley Clinic, said, “The best thing you can do for yourself is wash your hands, clean up after yourself, and certainly, make sure you are getting caught up on any missing vaccines — any vaccines that aren’t quite up to date — particularly something in our children, that we want to do.”

No cases of AFM have been reported in Rockford.

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