Rare polio-like disease reported in Ohio

Rare polio-like disease reported in Ohio

Rare polio-like disease reported in Ohio

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's investigating 127 reported cases, 62 of them confirmed to be AFM in 22 states. "It causes fever illnesses in the summer and fall, often associated with rashes". The CDC has confirmed a total of 386 cases of AFM have occurred across the United States from August 2014 through September 2018, mostly among children.

But officials aren't sure why exactly the condition started showing up around the country in 2014 and why it's continuing.

"The way that it presents in children is with a pretty sudden weakness or paralysis of one or more of their limbs", he said Monday.

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

"While we don't know the cause of most of the AFM cases, it's always important to practice disease prevention steps, such as staying up-to-date on vaccines, washing your hands, and protecting yourself from mosquito bites", the CDC said. A person's chance of getting AFM is approximately 1 in a million.

Palacios says she wants answers to what causes AFM, and how to prevent and treat it - for Abigail, and for other families who have been affected by it.

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"We know this can be frightening for parent", said Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, during a telephone briefing to reporters last week.

A mystery ailment that causes severe weakness or even paralysis in children has affected hundreds in the US over the last five years.

Parents should seek medical care right away if a child develops symptoms of AFM, which include sudden weakness and loss of muscle tone in the arms or legs. "We try to keep muscles and joints as healthy as possible so that when the nervous system is repairing itself, it will have adequate muscle to connect to", Greenberg said. Many are calling AFM a "polio-like" illness, because it causes weakness and paralysis in childrens' arms and legs. While potential causes may include certain viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders, the CDC says, "AFM can be hard to diagnose because it shares numerous same symptoms as other neurologic diseases".

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According to CDC data, there were 120 confirmed cases of AFM in 34 states from August to December 2014, 22 confirmed AFM cases in 17 states in 2015, 149 cases in 39 states in 2016, and 33 cases in 16 states in 2017. That virus has been identified as one cause of AFM. Some patients experience long-term paralysis requiring long-term care while others may fully recover, according to Pardo-Villamizar.

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