Cases of rare, polio-like illness confirmed in Ohio, Pennsylvania

Case Of Polio-Like Illness Acute Flaccid Myelitis Confirmed In Mass.

Case Of Polio-Like Illness Acute Flaccid Myelitis Confirmed In Mass.

About 120 confirmed cases were reported in 2014.

Brenton Nesemeier, a field epidemiologist with the North Dakota Department of Health, says little is still known about AFM. "For some previous cases, we have identified one pathogen or another, but we have no unifying diagnosis", said Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

"You see your child, who likes to run and play", she said. CDC officials say they haven't found the cause. You may ask, what good am I doing by telling you about this illness if, as of yet, we do not know how it is contracted, or if it even has a cure.

So what exactly is AFM?

"Symptoms include sudden muscle weakness", Nesemeier said.

But it could be as simple as just feeling like the flu.

Unfortunately, there's no specific treatment for AFM.

"What we have been told is that he's the best case scenario of a hard situation", she said.

However, the CDC says they know that some patients diagnosed with AFM have recovered quickly, and some continue to have paralysis and require ongoing care. "Most AFM cases occur in the late summer and fall", which she referred to as "seasonal clustering".

Because the symptoms are similar, AFM is often confused with polio, a crippling and potentially fatal disease that is caused by a virus.

"Getting vaccinated, taking precaution against mosquitoes, washing hands-all of these things are recommended by the CDC", Narula said. "Our medical team has been reviewing vaccine records when available during this year's investigation and do not see a correlation", said CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund.

Although some AFM patients tested positive for an enterovirus, indicating a possible link, not all had the virus.

A "polio-like illness" that affects children is spreading across the United States and has now been found in 22 states, CNN reported Wednesday. This is the first report of potential AFM to the NDDoH.

Roughly 90 percent of the cases so far have involved children, who suffer from muscle weakness or paralysis that impacts face, neck, back or limbs. It can follow a viral infection, but environmental and genetic factors may also contribute to its development. "As a parent myself, I understand what it's like to be scared for your child", she said. This confirmation may take weeks. In New Jersey, two cases were reported in August and one in February, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

"AFM is a rare, but serious condition that affects the nervous system".

With no answers as to the cause, it's important for parents and caregivers to know the symptoms so they can get their child immediate care. Doctors can recommend physical or occupational therapy to help with arm or leg weakness.

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