Polio-like Illness in Children Reaches Carolinas

posted by Alie Davila - 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A polio-like illness that can cause paralysis in children is now here in the Carolinas. 

CNN learned that both North Carolina and South Carolina are among 30 states with confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis.

Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, is rare, but the Centers for Disease Control said it has become more common recently. The agency said it is very concerned about it.

Symptoms of AFM are similar to polio. It affects the nervous system and can cause paralysis. It affects mostly children. 

CNN has reported that this year, more than half of all U.S. states have had confirmed or possible cases, including North and South Carolina.

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