According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 155 patients under investigation for Acute Flaccid Myelitis this year.
This is a polio-like illness that affects a person’s nervous system, causing weakness in one or more limbs.
Of these 155 people, 62 have been confirmed by the CDC in 22 states. More than 90% of cases occur in children 18 and younger.
While the CDC is still unsure, they say potential causes of AFM could be viruses, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders.