Thursday, 13 December, 2018

"Polio-like" Disease may spread in Minnesota after Six Cases

Rare illness leaves 3-year-old boy paralyzed States and CDC probe reports of rare poliolike symptoms in kids
Samantha Long | 11 October, 2018, 02:49

Per CNN, the condition is called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, and damages the body's nervous system.

Six children in Minnesota have been detected with an exceptional "polio-like" bug since mid-September, state health officials said, all the latest cases were in kids below 10.

And in 2018 alone, 38 new cases of AFM in 16 states across the country were confirmed by the CDC. Since 2014, more than 360 cases of AFM have been reported in the United States. She also requested the agency answer seven questions about its response efforts by October 16 and conduct a member-level briefing for senators seeking more information on the issue. "It can affect people of any age, but you often see it in children", Adalja says. "I urge the CDC to provide more information immediately about preventive measures and treatments".

This year, there was one case of AFM before the current batch of five affected children. Polio once caused regular epidemics until vaccination wiped it out across most of the world. That's down from 33 cases for all of 2017.

"It can be a complication following a viral infection, but environmental and genetic factors may also contribute to its development", the health department said Friday in a press release. By the end of 2014, 120 people had been diagnosed in 34 states.

Even with an increase in cases since 2014, AFM remains a very rare condition.

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CDC specialists will make the final determination as to whether the cases in Washington are AFM, state health officials said.

The disease is known to hit the nervous system by traveling through the spinal cord.

Basic symptoms usually add lower backache or sharp shooting sensations that shoot out down the legs or arms or around the torso, aural alterations, dotting symptoms, Difficulty moving the eyes or bending eyelids, Facial dangle or weakness, Difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech, sudden arm or leg weakness. A 2-year-old girl was recently diagnosed in the Chicago area, and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh confirmed that three children are now being treated for AFM at their facility.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help one of the patients, 7-year-old Quinton Hill.

Quinton has lost a lot of the strength in his left arm, along with some weakness in his legs and neck. So, just be sure to practice smart prevention measures such as getting vaccinated, washing your hands and avoiding bug bites.

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