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AFM, Polio-Like Illness, Found In Iowa

Earlier this week we told you about a mysterious polio-like illness showing up in Minnesota. Now we are learning of a young child in Iowa diagnosed with the disease.

A month and a half ago, the Stravers thought their son just had a common cold but then his runny nose turned into something much worse.

After many tests, doctors diagnosed the 3-year-old with Acute Flaccid Myelitis -- a disease that mimics polio and causes paralysis.

Many children may get the virus but only 1 in 100,000 become paralyzed.

"Every other kid in his day care literally could have had the exact same virus then just had a runny nose. You know that's kind of. For him it just happened to attack his spinal cord," Kelli Stravers said. 

Doctors do not know why the virus affects some children differently.

This is only the second documented case of AFM ever in Iowa.
 


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