This year, 90 children have confirmed cases of the polio-like disease AFM, the CDC said Tuesday - but it is not counting the deaths of Carter Roberts, five (pictured), and another child earlier this year following their 2016 contractions of the disease 

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Another 16 children have contracted the rare polio-like disease, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) – bringing the total number of confirmed cases this year to 109 across 29 states, the CDC has revealed.

Another 167 children are showing tell-tale symptoms of the mysterious illness which has emerged as a major public health threat every other year since 2014.

It seems to be caused by a combination of viruses but this year, the third time AFM has surged, the CDC is still struggling to identify exactly how and why it takes hold.

As such, the agency today formed a task force designed to investigate the driving forces and possible treatments of AFM, and to establish what post-AFM life looks like for sufferers.

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