Multiple cases of rare polio-like illness under investigation in North Carolina

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— The North Carolina Department of Health and Services is investigating multiple cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness found in a number of states across the country.

Officials said three cases of acute flaccid myelitis have been reported in North Carolina this year — two probable and one confirmed.

Most of the cases are in children who have suffered muscle weakness or paralysis, including in the face, neck, back or limbs.

The symptoms tend to occur about a week after they had a fever and respiratory illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they haven’t found the cause.

127 cases of polio-like illness under investigation, CDC says

The CDC has received more than 120 reports of patients under investigation for the illness this year and confirmed at least 62 cases.

According to CNN, the average age of all patients in confirmed patients is 4 and more than 90 percent of the cases occur in children under the age of 18.


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