‘Polio-like’ illness cases investigated by CDC: Should you be concerned?

‘Polio-like’ illness cases investigated by CDC: Should you be concerned?

‘Polio-like’ illness cases investigated by CDC: Should you be concerned?

However, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says that it is now hard to interpret AFM trends as data collection is new and mostly voluntary. "All of the cases of AFM diagnosed since 2014 have tested negative for polio".

"This is a mystery so far, and we haven't solved it yet, so we have to be thinking broadly", Messonnier said.

Many more cases have been reported, including three in Georgia. The CDC has confirmed 386 cases since it began tracking the condition in 2014. In August and September, the agency received increased reports of patients under investigation for AFM symptoms.

The CDC is actively investigating the recent cases and monitoring the disease's activities, as well as working closely with health care providers and health departments to increase awareness. "More children were ill with the flu previous year than those who were diagnosed with AFM". Still, CDC estimates that less than one in a million people in the United States will get AFM every year. "And, if your children develop weakness in their arms or their legs, especially if they've had a cold, take them to their doctor immediately".

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"If [parents] do have a suspicion about their child suffering from weakness that is unexplained, or it happened suddenly, then they should go to their doctor or go to their emergency room as soon as they can", he said. Thursday, Klobuchar said she will push for required mandatory reporting and the states to review previous records.

Bhargava says parents should aware of the symptoms, but not overly concerned.

A spokesperson for LHSC said over email due that to privacy reasons, they can not disclose the status of those three patients.

What are the treatments for AFM and the prognosis for a vaccine? "We know that some kids have great recovery and recover really quickly, and other kids continue to have a lot of weakness going forward, but we haven't determined what factors decide which kids fall into which category yet".

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"She was at that age where was just learning how to be independent, and now she's dependent again", Palacios said.

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