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Polio-like disease is on the rise with 85 possible cases

Polio-like disease is on the rise with 85 possible cases

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Cases of a crippling disorder that mainly affects children seem to be rising across the country, has established an unofficial investigation of NBC News.

The condition, called acute weak myelitis or AFM, appears to have been caused by a viral infection, but health officials have not been able to link cases to a specific virus. It causes symptoms ranging from muscle weakness to complete paralysis.

Health officials in 26 states tell NBC News that they have investigated or reported 85 cases of AFM.

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