CHEO confirms cases of rare polio-like disease

CHEO confirms cases of rare polio-like disease

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported a spike in AFM, with more than 60 cases confirmed in 22 U.S. states in the last several weeks.

From August 2014 through September 2018, CDC has received information on a total of 386 confirmed cases of AFM across the United States; most of the cases have occurred in children.

State health officials who are investigating the cases have not revealed details regarding the locations, ages, gender or any other identifying details about those affected. All of the cases, the two confirmed and five suspected, are in children.

AFM tends to affect children and young adults-among the confirmed cases, the average age of those afflicted is 4, and 90% of those with the condition are age 18 or younger.

The number of patients under investigation is up from 127 patients a week ago, though no new confirmed cases have been reported.

"We have not been able to find the cause of the majority of AFM cases", the CDC's Dr. Nancy Messonnier told reporters on Thursday. Another cause could be a type of enterovirus called EV D68, Ellerin suggests.

A frustration has been trying to get insurance companies to cover the prolonged physical therapy required. "What the physician will do is rule out other causes rule out other things that might be causing it". "CDC has been actively investigating these AFM cases, and we continue to receive information about suspected AFM cases".

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Viruses, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders may play a role, CDC noted.

It will take an MRI to confirm if the patients have AFM.

All four of her children had come down with a cold at the same time, but young Abigail's condition continued to worsen despite her mother's best efforts to keep her kids healthy. "That is what we are not finding", she said.

The CDC reports the odds of contracting AFM are less than one in a million. Those with spinal cord damage caused directly by the virus warrant different treatments and don't respond as well.

Just about any virus can cause neuroinvasive disease, but they rarely ever do. These viruses caused symptoms including encephalitis, a life-threatening inflammation of the brain; acute flaccid paralysis, which can include AFM and similar conditions; and meningitis.

People should also try to not get bitten by mosquitos-especially in countries where the mosquitos carry the West Nile virus-by using repellent, staying indoors at dusk and dawn, and removing standing or stagnant water near where they're living.

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