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As of October 5, 2018, there have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM, reported in 16 states, says the CDC. The condition escalates quickly, and can begin with signs as innocuous as dizziness, trouble swallowing or trouble moving an arm.

"The outbreak in 2014, of the tests we did that year, about a third of them with a certain virus that we think was causing that outbreak", he said. It has received increased attention in recent weeks after health officials in Minnesota and Colorado saw spikes in reported cases, Illinois Public Health Department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Wednesday.

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"We had a couple investigations of suspect cases in Hawaii, but no confirmed cases", she said.

There were about 15 cases reported in August 2018. The disease most closely resembles polio, but doctors don't know what causes its terrifying symptoms - or how to treat them besides waiting them out. In addition to the pair of cases at CHOP, three cases are also being treated in Pittsburgh, 6ABC reported. From mid-August 2014 to January 15, 2015, the CDC or state public health laboratories confirmed a total of 1,153 people in 49 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. "It may take a month or two because there's a lot of documentation to go through and an expert panel that needs to review".

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AFM looks very much like polio.

There is no specific treatment for AFM, but a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in treating brain and spinal cord illnesses, may recommend interventions on a case-by-case basis. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries where wild poliovirus has been seen this year, because conflict makes it hard to vaccinate all children.

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There are no vaccines against either EV-D68 or EV-A71. The cause of any individual case of AFM can be hard to determine, and often, no cause is found. CDC specialists will make the final determination if these cases are AFM. Well continue to investigate and share information when we have it. EV-D68 infection most commonly results in mild symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, cough, body aches and muscle aches.

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