CDC investigates 127 cases of rare illness

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U.S. (WIAT) — Government health officials are updating the number of cases of patients left weakened or paralyzed by a rare illness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and prevention, 127 patients are under investigation for acute flaccid myelitis or AFM. 62 cases of the rare but serious condition have now been confirmed in 22 states, although the CDC is not saying which states.

AFM affects the nervous system, specifically part of the spinal cord. Muscles and reflexes are weakened and some patients are left paralyzed.  

More than 90 percent of cases are in children 18 years old and younger.

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