Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Polio-Like Condition in Kids on Rise Again in US

The rare condition can be caused by a virus, a genetic disorder and environmental toxins. "They may have facial weakness, facial drooping, unable to speak, trouble swallowing", said Dr. Marcelo Malakooti.

IL now reports nine cases of a rare polio-like illness that has popped up in several states It's called Acute Flaccid Myelitis.

The Washington Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm if the children have AFM.

There is no treatment other than managing each patient's symptoms.

However, it can be hard to detect how patients actually get AFM. "Anytime there are more than one or two cases in a small region, it is something to pay attention to", said Wells. Chundi says doctors started seeing AFM cases, as far back as 2014 with a total of 362 nationwide to date. "As AFM affects mostly children and has no known cure, it is imperative that CDC conduct an expedited investigation and response to AFM infections", Klobuchar wrote.

A 2-year-old girl from Batavia is facing a long, hard recovery after contracting a rare polio-like disease that has been reported in children across the United States. So far this year, there have been 38 cases in 16 states, the CDC says.

More and more cases of a rare polio-like illness are being reported across the country, according to news reports. These states include California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Its origins are a mystery, but officials say a virus can cause some cases.

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Additionally, the CDC has found a possible link between an increase in a respiratory virus and an increase of AFM.

There are three new cases of a rare illness with symptoms similar to polio, and the patients are being treated in Pittsburgh.

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

"You can protect yourself and your children from poliovirus by getting vaccinated", the CDC advises.

Doctors now don't know a lot about how AFM spreads.

Health officials are warning parents to be on the lookout for symptoms. You can reduce the chance of mosquito bites by using insect repellent and keeping kids indoors during times when mosquitos are prevalent. Since then, more than 350 cases of the illness have been reported in the US over a four-year period. "A person's arms and legs can become weak or paralyzed depending on the area of the spinal cord that is inflamed". The best prevention is washing your hands often.

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