Cases of a polio-like condition that mainly affects children continue to rise this year in the United States, health officials say.
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There have been 219 possible cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) reported in 25 states, and 80 of those have been confirmed, according to the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The cause of the cases is unclear, the CDC said. Some patients have been infected with a usually harmless common cold virus called EV-D68, but not all patients have tested positive for the virus, NBC News reported.
"To date, no pathogen [germ] has been consistently detected in the patients' spinal fluid; a pathogen detected in the spinal fluid would be good evidence to indicate the cause of AFM since this condition affects the spinal cord," according to the CDC.
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