CDC investigating possible cases of polio-like illness in MI

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The state’s health department is  investigating four possibly cases of a rare polio-like syndrome in  Michigan.

One adult male and three children could have acute  flaccid myelitis with cases reported in Macomb, Oakland, Ingham and  Ottawa counties. The patient in Ottawa County is a child.

A Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson said it  will take several weeks for the Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention to confirm the cases.

Symptoms of AFM include:

  • Sudden muscle weakness in arms or legs
  • Difficulty moving eyes
  • Drooping eyelids or a facial droop/weakness
  • Difficulty swallowing or slurred speech

The CDC says there are 62 confirmed cases of AFM across 22 states so far in  2018. The syndrome primarily affects children and isn’t believed to be  contagious.

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