Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Five Washington children hospitalized with sudden paralysis

Samantha Long | 11 October, 2018, 13:02

Cases have been reported in the metro, central and northeastern Minnesota. Three other cases were reported in Pierce, Lewis, and Snohomish counties.

AFM could be triggered by a variety of causes, including common cold viruses, poliovirus (for which children should be vaccinated), and West Nile virus (which is carried by mosquitoes and can be prevented by using insect repellant).

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) said there have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM this year through the end of September. AFM causes patients' muscles to weaken and symptoms include sudden muscle weakness in the arms or legs, neck weakness or stiffness, drooping eyelids or a facial droop, difficulty swallowing or slurred speech.

"We've been vigilant", Sanford Health Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Clifford Mauriello said.

Doctors now don't know a lot about how AFM spreads. "So, we've seen that there's an association between viruses, specifically enterovirus, in the past". Adults have likely been exposed to the virus that causes this and have some sort of immunity.

Sudden jump in U.S. interest rates prompts Wall Street stock plunge
Meanwhile struggling retailer Sears was in focus as the Wall Street Journal reported that it was preparing to file for bankruptcy. The 10-year Treasury yield rose to 3.23 percent from 3.20 percent late Tuesday and from 3.05 percent early last week.

Doctors are warning that a mysterious and paralyzing child illness similar to polio has spread to Chicago. Dr. Meade said sometimes people recover from the paralysis, but others don't recover even after several years.

It resembles polio, but unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM.

There was a national uptick in AFM cases in 2014.

"The CDC has acknowledged that 362 cases of AFM have been reported since 2014, indicating an increasing infection rate".

While there is no cure, health experts say you should take preventative measures including washing your hands or coughing into your elbow.

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