Rare 'Polio-Like' Illness Diagnosed in 6 Minnesota Kids

Rare 'Polio-Like' Illness Diagnosed in 6 Minnesota Kids

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

The CDC does not yet know the long-term effects of AFM Some patients have recovered quickly, while others continue to have paralysis, it says.

According to the CDC, there have been 362 confirmed cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis since 2014. There isn't a vaccine that could prevent AFM and there isn't a vaccine that causes the condition, medical experts said.

"The CDC has indicated there might be some increases in cases, and in mid-September we advised health care providers to be vigilant and report to the health department so that we can pass on the information to the CDC", Arnold said.

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The CDC estimates that less than a million people will get AFM every year in the United States. "CDC specialists will make the final determination if these cases are AFM". "A person's arms and legs can become weak or paralyzed depending on the area of the spinal cord that is inflamed".

This condition is not new, according to the CDC, but the agency began seeing an increase in cases four years ago, nearly all involving young children.

Symptoms include a sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and difficulty moving facial muscles.

In Chicago, doctors say Julia Payne had an enterovirus that caused the AFM. These include washing hands frequently to limit exposure to germs, covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing and staying home when feeling sick. In Minnesota, three cases of the disease were reported in 2014, but since then the number had dropped until the latest outbreak.

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The regular cases in Minnesota are of children under age 10. In recent weeks seven children have been diagnosed with AFM in Minnesota and Iowa, including two children who required treatment in the intensive care unit for respiratory support. By the end of 2014, 120 people had been diagnosed in 34 states.

It is believed that AFM can arise from a viral infection, although environmental and genetic factors could also cause the illness to develop. There is no specific treatment for AFM, but a doctor who specializes in treating brain and spinal cord illnesses may recommend certain interventions on a case-by-case basis.

The CDC has recorded 362 official cases of acute flaccid myelitis in the US between August 2014 through August 2018. The agency is also studying AFM outbreaks to better understand the condition and uring healthcare providers to be vigilant about its symptoms. And there are other diseases that mimic the symptoms, such as West Nile virus and Guillain Barre syndrome.

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