Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Rare Polio-like Illness On The Rise In Children

Health officials report 6 cases of rare, polio-like virus in Minnesota Rare Polio-like Illness On The Rise In Children
Anna Jefferson | 11 October, 2018, 18:53

Other AFM symptoms may include: facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech.

The rare condition can be caused by a virus, a genetic disorder and environmental toxins.

The department of health says the main symptom to look for is a sudden loss of feeling in arms and legs.

"The patients are now undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatment", said Andrea Kunicky, a spokeswoman for UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, where the children are being treated.

The CDC estimates that less than a million people will get AFM every year in the United States. So far this year, 38 cases of acute flaccid myelitis have been reported in 16 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including Texas and Colorado.

So far, experts say they can neither pinpoint the cause or a treatment for the recent cases.

"We have 41 cases of children who have had some sort of illness of enterovirus A71, which is causing a wide spectrum of neurological illness", Herlihy said.

State health officials are working with the care providers to obtain the samples and information to send to CDC for testing and confirmation of the diagnoses.

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As a leader you can talk on the pitch, but I have seen leaders who do not necessarily speak. Pogba told L'Equipe: 'I have never played for France to be captain.

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The unexpected brute that quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression grew swiftly, rising in days to a catastrophic storm. Michael is likely to cause flooding and a storm surge along the coast. "It will be life-threatening and extremely unsafe ".

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The storm is expected to affect many communities in the Carolinas still reeling from Hurricane Florence. But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate.

Though officials have observed a rise in cases since 2014, the condition's origins remain unclear. A few require ventilators to breathe, NBC News reported.

However, a person can catch a virus from someone that leads to AFM. "Among the people confirmed with AFM, CDC did not consistently detect EV-D68 in every patient". But unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM.

As of September 30, according to the CDC, 38 cases of AFM have been confirmed in 16 states.

Doctors now don't know a lot about how AFM spreads.

The agency is also warning parents to be vigilant about protecting kids from mosquito bites because of the possible connection between West Nile virus and AFM.

Doctors call severe cases of AFM a polio-like illness where people will have paralyzed limbs. Practices such as regular hand-washing are recommended.

If your child has any symptoms of AFM (limb weakness, facial weakness/drooping, difficulty speaking or swallowing), seek medical attention right away.

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