Cases of rare polio-like illness affecting children reported in 16 states

Cases of rare polio-like illness affecting children reported in 16 states

Cases of rare polio-like illness affecting children reported in 16 states

The case reports are from individuals younger than 18 years of age and from northern IL.

The cause of the condition is unknown but the key symptom to look for is weakened limbs and loss of feeling in the arms or legs.

Six children in Minnesota have been detected with an exceptional "polio-like" bug since mid-September, state health officials said, all the latest cases were in kids below 10.

Six is the highest number of cases Minnesota has ever seen.

The state health department is working with the CDC to determine if these are indeed cases of AFM. A doctor can examine a patient's nervous system and the places on the body where he or she has weakness, poor muscle tone, and decreased reflexes.

Other AFM symptoms may include: facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech.

According to the CDC, other viruses like poliovirus and West Nile may sometimes lead to AFM.

The condition is rare, with only 1 in 1 million people in the United States contracting the disease, according to the CDC.

Some viruses and germs have been linked to AFM, including common germs that can cause colds and sore throats, and respiratory infections.

To try and restore function to Maipele, Dr. Mitchel Seruya at Children's Hospital Los Angeles carried out a pioneering nerve transfer surgery. "A person's arms and legs can become weak or paralyzed depending on the area of the spinal cord that is inflamed".

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

"A lot of these people do require prolonged amounts of physical therapy to get their strength back up", says Cleveland Clinic pediatric infectious disease expert Dr.

All of the patients are children who have needed to be hospitalized, the department said, noting that "nearly all have fully recovered".

The agency said it hasn't confirmed the cause for the majority of the cases, which primarily occur in children.

Nine cases of AFM were reported in Washington state in 2016.

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

Doctors are encouraging people to practice what are called "general prevention strategies" - including washing your hands with soap and water, getting vaccinated and preventing mosquito bites.

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