Michelle Holshu, an epidemiologist with the Washington State Department of Health, said all the local cases involve children younger than 6 who had respiratory illnesses the week before developing AFM.
While officials said the cases occurred in northern IL, more specific locations were not publicly available.
Most of the cases logged by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been children.
In 2014, 120 children were diagnosed with AFM. Medical experts have said AFM itself is not believed to be contagious, but the causes of it could be.
According to UH, AFM is a rare condition that attacks the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, and can cause paralysis. Until then, doctors are treating the cases as if they are AFM.
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"Illinois has monitored this syndrome since 2014 when it was first described by CDC".
All told, 16 states have confirmed a total of 38 cases of acute flaccid myelitis in 2018.
A growing number of cases are being reported across the country.
Symptoms include a sudden onset of limb weakness, loss of muscle tone and reflexes, facial droop, difficulty moving eyes, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing, and slurred speech. "Since 2015, four cases reviewed by CDC experts have been counted in IL", the IDHP stated.