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Polio-like illness has USA parents on edge

Polio-like illness has USA parents on edge

So far in 2018, there have been 62 confirmed cases in 22 states nationwide.

AFM causes muscle weakness and paralysis, according to the CDC. At present a confirmed increase of cases above the annual average has not been seen in Canada. A majority of the cases have occurred in children.

Health experts described it as a rare polio-like disease.

Dr. Adam Kassam emphasized that AFM is very uncommon.

Right now, more than 100 additional cases are being evaluated, including at least one in our state.

Every AFM patient has tested negative for the polio virus and no pathogen has been consistently detected in patients' spinal fluid. The CDC has not determined why this is the case, nor does it know of any long-term effects of the disease.

Christenson understands why parents are concerned and he says prevention is key.

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Sutfin says parents should protect their children against mosquito bites, and make sure they are up to date on their vaccines, as well as encourage frequent handwashing.

Dr. Carlson suggested the best way to prevent getting sick is washing hands. "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". What we do know is that a child's weakness and paralysis can continue to improve even years after contracting AFM, so families should remain optimistic and continue to persevere with therapy.

The CDC additionally stated the cause for most cases is still unknown, but could be caused by other viruses or environmental toxins.

The CDC has found some seasonal trends in the U.S. Cases typically begin to pick up at the end of summer and peak in the fall.

US is not the only country seeing the cases of AFM but none of these countries have seen the seasonal clustering that is seen in USA. In 2017, there were 33 confirmed cases in 16 states, the CDC reported.

The CDC has not confirmed the ten cases in IL are actually AFM yet, but IDPH expects confirmation in the next couple weeks.


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