CDC investigating mysterious polio-like illness in New Hampshire
CDC investigating mysterious polio-like illness in New Hampshire
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19 October, 2018, 04:35
NBC News had done its own unofficial survey of state health officials and found 87 confirmed or suspected cases in 26 states. This year's AFM outbreak is gaining attention because there are 127 suspected cases so far. However, the illness has been on the rise in the US since 2014.
Last year the number dropped to 16, making the pattern one that hits harder every other year.
Concerns are sweeping the nation regarding the mysterious virus that causes paralysis in children. Other symptoms include: facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty swallowing or slurred speech. The CDC estimatesfewer than 1 in a million Americans will get the disease.
MA has seen a total of 16 confirmed cases in children since 2014, plus one probable case in an adult.
The CDC has confirmed 62 cases of AFM in 22 states, including Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.
For 3-year-old Camden Stravers, what his parents thought was the common cold developed into something far worse. AFM may be one of them. She said the cases were definitely not caused by the polio virus, which has not been found in any of the stool samples from affected children. But that bug - enterovirus D68 - could not be definitively linked to the illnesses. "And I'm frustrated that despite all of our efforts, we have not been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness". The symptoms are also similar to non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and the West Nile virus.
Doctors diagnosed Aamira with AFM. Though AFM has not claimed any lives this year, there was one death in 2017.
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As of yet, there is no known effective treatment for the condition, but the vast majority of patients do recover with treatment.
"As a parent myself I understand what it's like to be scared for your child", Messonnier said.
To help prevent the illness' spread, the CDC advises proper hand washing, staying up to date on vaccines and using mosquito repellent to avoid bites.
Jackson, who also saw persistent muscle weakness in her patients, said she believes the CDC may be hesitant to specify the long-term effects of disease because existing studies have included only small numbers of patients.
History: The CDC has no idea why there has been a spike in cases, though there have been similar spikes in 2014 and 2016, according to Fox News.
Experts don't know what causes the disease that can lead to muscle weakness or difficulty breathing.
Lacking an established cause, health officials confirm cases through a review of brain scans and symptoms.
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