Gillibrand calls for 'emergency funding' to investigate AFM

Gillibrand calls for 'emergency funding' to investigate AFM

The illness could have many causes, officials said, such as viruses, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders. In 2014, there were 120 confirmed cases of AFM, and two years later in 2016, there were 149 cases. Twelve states have reported a single case. According to CNN, 10 more cases have been added to the running tally in the past week alone.

The patients with confirmed AFM are in 31 states, which the CDC has now identified for the first time.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed on Monday that the number of suspected AFM cases has grown to 286, though medical experts are still baffled as to what is causing the spike in the rare illness.

There are still no confirmed cases in the state of Nebraska. Twelve states have reported only one confirmed AFM case.

Last week, the CDC announced that they were forming a task force to address the outbreak. Rare but serious, the condition affects mostly children and as yet has no clear cause. It has also convened a task force to get to the bottom of this mystery disease, and as CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D., put it in a statement, "to actively detect, more effectively treat, and ultimately prevent AFM and its consequences". There is no known cause and no cure, as of yet.

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Q: This new polio-like illness has been in the news a lot lately.Can you help me understand what this is all about? Two cases are in NY.

There is no specific treatment for AFM, but a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in treating brain and spinal cord illnesses, may recommend interventions on a case-by-case basis.

AFM-billed as "polio-like" because of its deleterious effect on the nervous system-has been on the rise since 2014, peaking in the fall and mystifying researchers.

Symptoms can be similar to those associated with polio virus and West Nile and include facial and eyelid drooping, facial weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, sudden limb weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes in the arms or legs.

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