Acute flaccid myelitis: 155 cases of polio-like illness under investigation, CDC says

More people are getting sick from a rare condition that can paralyze children.

NEW: This woman is warning people that the mysterious illness can affect adults too.

Posted by WSB-TV on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it is investigating 155 patients who may have acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

That is nearly 30 new cases from last week.

A Georgia woman wants people to know that it can affect adults, too.

Tandrea Watkins of Clayton County is paralyzed from the waist down.

She reached out to WSB-TV after seeing the station's story about a Cartersville toddler suffering from partial paralysis.

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"My thing is you get sick – common cold, flu, anything – go to the doctor. If you start seeing weakness, go see somebody, because it could happen all in a matter of seconds,” Watkins said.

The CDC has confirmed 62 cases of AFM in 22 states this year, including Georgia.

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