The Centers for Disease Control say cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) have peaked for the year; however they still have not determined the cause of the polio-like, paralyzing illness. Cases of AFM continued to pop up nationwide, but the CDC said Monday that they expect the number of new cases to decline for the rest of 2018.

The CDC also said the number of confirmed cases is now at 134 across 33 states, with 18 new cases in the last week. 

The CDC said in a statement that “Most cases are reported between August and October, and a marked reduction in cases is seen in November. That pattern appears to be repeating in 2018 because states have reported fewer [possible cases] over the past couple of weeks.”

CDC counts 134 cases of polio-like condition


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