Rare polio-like illness continues to sweep the nation with 80 cases confirmed

CDC: 80 confirmed cases of polio-like illness

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the rare polio-like virus, AFM continues to sweep the nation.

The agency said there are now 80 confirmed cases nationwide, with 219 other cases under investigation.

Those numbers compare to the week of October 29 numbers, in which 72 cases were confirmed and 199 under investigation.

The CDC said the illness is known to affect an area of the spinal cord that can lead to paralysis.

Health officials have not identified the 25 states with confirmed illnesses. It is also not known how many states are reporting potential cases.

According to health officials almost all cases of AFM occur in children under 18. There is currently no cure nor vaccination for the polio-like illness.

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