Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Rise in cases of polio-like illness

Samantha Long | 31 October, 2018, 23:10

A scary illness is cropping up across the country, and it's affecting primarily children.

Amy Moore, a plastic surgeon from Washington University and St. Louis Children's Hospital, is at the studio Monday to talk about Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM).

The number of confirmed acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) cases in the United States has risen to 72 in 24 states, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the CDC has declined to name the states with confirmed or suspected cases at this point. "This is a really rare condition", says Friedman.

In recent days, news about a sudden rise in a polio-like illness, called acute flaccid myelitis, among children in Canada and the USA has been striking fear in parents.

AFM remains a very rare condition with less than 1 million cases each year. There was another spike in 2016, with 149 cases, but just 33 cases in 2017.

In the meantime, some parents of children with AFM say emergency rooms still frequently attribute signs of the disease to a pinched nerve or some other cause and end up sending children home. It's believed to be a complication from a viral infection.

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While there are some children who need physical therapy and ongoing treatment to regain their strength following AFM, Esper said the vast majority of children who develop the illness get better quickly on their own. That year, there were 25 cases across Canada, many of which have been linked to a specific virus: enterovirus D68. The good news is that it doesn't appear to be transmissible from human to human. Polio was eradicated in this country by vaccine, but with the vaccination rates falling, there's always the fear that it could return. "Each of those times, there has been an increase in acute flaccid myelitis that occurred at the same time as the EV-D68 activity".

Some kids with AFM may have mild symptoms that gradually worsen.

"I think one of the things that scares a lot of people, is that these are normal, healthy kids who suddenly get very, very weak", he said.

"Despite extensive laboratory testing, we have not determined what pathogen or immune response caused the arm or leg weakness and paralysis in most of these cases". This can range from being unable to lift their arm, to having difficulty breathing (the disease can weaken the muscles that facilitate breathing).

"When you do investigations and you do an MRI of the spinal cord, there's a very distinctive abnormality in what we call the grey matter or the anterior horn cell of the spinal cord", Dr. Jeremy Friedman, a pediatrician, told CTV News. Additionally, once the virus has attacked the nervous system, there is no medical intervention that has been able to successful reverse the damage. But some children are disabled by the disease for years.

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