8-year-old IN girl receiving treatment for rare ‘polio-like’ disease

8-year-old IN girl receiving treatment for rare ‘polio-like’ disease

According to our Dallas sister station WFAA, three children in North Texas have also been confirmed to have AFM.

It's so rare that less than one in a million will get AFM, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Wednesday, theIllinois Department of Public Health announced it was investigating nine recent cases of AFM in patients under the age of 18, all of which are reportedly limited to "northern Illinois".

Since Orville Young, a 4 year old in Minnesota, fell ill with a fever in July, CBS News reported, he has experienced difficulties moving his right arm - sometimes experiencing full paralysis - and was diagnosed with AFM.

Over the past year, almost 40 cases of a polio-like sickness have been diagnosed across the country - two of which were reported right next door to Penn at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. With the help of testing and examinations, doctors can distinguish between AFM and other neurologic conditions.

Between August 2014 and August 2018, the CDC received information on a total of 362 confirmed cases of AFM nationwide.

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AFM is not a reportable disease, meaning there may be more cases that were just treated and the child recovered and AFM wasn't diagnosed.

The poorly understood illness is thought to attack the body's nervous system.

AFM or similar neurologic conditions may have a variety of possible causes such as viruses, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders.

"We didn't think anything was wrong until all of a sudden his neck froze up and he couldn't move his left arm", said James Hill. "Among the people confirmed with AFM, CDC did not consistently detect EV-D68 in every patient".

While the Department of Health said there are no specific recommendations for avoiding AFM, people can take steps to reduce their risks from some known causes with frequent and thorough hand-washing, avoiding close contact with sick people, and cleaning surfaces with a disinfectant, especially those that a sick person has touched. It can also be caused by poliovirus and non-polio enteroviruses, mosquito-borne viruses (such as West Nile virus or Zika virus) and possibly by non-infectious conditions.

"Even with an increase in cases since 2014, AFM remains a very rare condition". "A person's arms and legs can become weak or paralyzed depending on the area of the spinal cord that is inflamed". "They may have facial weakness, facial drooping, unable to speak, trouble swallowing", said Dr. Marcelo Malakooti.

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