India, Oct. 18 -- The cause of the neurological illness has not been identified but investigation is on

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), being referred to as a 'polio-like condition', has been tested negative for the polio virus, said the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Around 590 cases of AFM have been reported in the US between August 2014 and October 2019. Every two years, since 2014, the number of cases rose. This year, 22 cases have been reported with no deaths. In 2018 too no death was attributed to the disease, but after six months of onset of the disease, two patients died.

AFM is a neurological illness. As 'flaccid' suggests, it is a weakness or paralysis of the limbs. In case of myelitis, there's ...