CDC Investigates 4 Possible Cases Of Rare, Polio-like Illness In Michigan

CDC Investigating More Cases of Polio Like Syndrome			Pexels		23 Oct 2018

An October 2018 report from the CDC has confirmed more than 60 reported cases of AFM in 22, an increase from a September announcement. In Georgia so far this year, there have been an estimated three confirmed, or probable, cases of AFM with two possible other cases under investigation, according to the state's Department of Public Health. It affects the nervous system, specifically the area of spinal cord called gray matter, which causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit says there have been no reports of AFM in London or Middlesex County, which means the patients would likely have come from other public health jurisdictions.

"CDC has been actively investigating AFM, testing specimens and monitoring disease since 2014, when we first saw an increase in cases", Messonnier told reporters last week. AFM causes weakness in the arms or legs and generally occurs in children.

CDC officials say they haven't found the cause.

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"Until you actually identify the virus or whatever microbial agent it is with a laboratory confirmation test you can not be 100 percent certain", he said.

"I think it is worrisome especially when we're not sure what's causing it", Dr. Bhargava says. "All of the cases of AFM diagnosed since 2014 have tested negative for polio". The CDC does not fully understand long-term consequences or why some patients recover quickly while others continue to experience paralysis and weakness.

"What happens is that with time you build immunity", said Christenson.

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

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USA Today: "Scientists are searching for answers to AFM, the illness causing polio-like paralysis in children" - "Scientists are studying whether the rare but paralyzing illness that has afflicted scores of children this year is linked to a respiratory virus that circulates in late summer and early fall".

Nationwide, a total of 155 cases are being investigated. Parents can also help protect their children by encouraging hand washing, staying up to date on recommended vaccines and using insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites.

"You should seek medical care right away if you or your child develops any of these symptoms".

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