Klobuchar Calls for CDC Investigation of Polio-Like Illness

Klobuchar Calls for CDC Investigation of Polio-Like Illness

Klobuchar Calls for CDC Investigation of Polio-Like Illness

The condition is called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, which attacks the nervous system, particularly the spinal cord, and can lead to arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle reflexes. Four of the five had a fever of 100.4 or higher.

They are working with the CDC and Ohio Department of Health to monitor the illness.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM so far this year - with the most cases, 14, reported in Colorado and six in Minnesota. But those aren't the only signs: Other symptoms can include eyelid or facial drooping, difficulty moving the eyes, difficulty swallowing and slurred speech, according to the state health department. "We're working closely with medical providers and public-health agencies".

What is acute flaccid myelitis?

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There is no vaccine for AFM or a vaccine for enterovirus, a virus doctors know is associated with AFM.

The disease, health officials say, is hard to positively confirm by anyone other than a few specially trained neurologists.

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).

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. "So, we've seen that there's an association between viruses, specifically enterovirus, in the past".

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How many children have been diagnosed with AFM? . Some people with AFM may be unable to urinate.

There is a reported total of 8 AFM cases statewide.

"There are cases of good recovery and good potential for good healing", said Sinner. Adults have likely been exposed to the virus that causes this and have some sort of immunity. All of the cases have been reported on the west side of the state with two children in King County and one child in Pierce County, Lewis County and Snohomish County. Numbness or tingling is rare in people with AFM, although some people have pain in their arms or legs.

While the Department of Health said there are no specific recommendations for avoiding AFM, people can take steps to reduce their risks from some known causes with frequent and thorough hand-washing, avoiding close contact with sick people, and cleaning surfaces with a disinfectant, especially those that a sick person has touched.

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