Three cases of mysterious illness found in Arkansas
Three children in Arkansas have been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, the rare, polio-like condition that can cause limb paralysis. The CDC is investigating a uptick in reported cases of AFM, but still doesn’t know what causes the illness. There have been 80 confirmed cases of AFM across 25 states, according to CDC data through Nov. 2, and most of those cases were kids. Health officials first spotted a spike in AFM cases in 2014, and there have been cases each year since. But the number of cases has been higher on alternate years — and this year is one in which the numbers are higher.