Children's Hospital of Philadelphia reports two recent cases of polio-like illness

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia reports two recent cases of polio-like illness

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia reports two recent cases of polio-like illness

And yesterday (Oct. 10), the Illinois Department of Public Health said it had received recent reports of nine children diagnosed with the condition. Symptoms typically include sudden weakness in one or more arms or legs, along with loss of muscle tone and decreased or absent reflexes.

Health officials will never have a firm count of cases of AFM because not all states require doctors to report them.

CDC officials said that they have not confirmed a cause for the majority of AFM cases and continue to investigate.

"For now, DOH is staying up-to-date with the latest guidance shared with states by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding diagnosis and management of acute flaccid myelitis and continuing to monitor for any such cases", she said. The CDC has been actively tracking AFM cases since 2014 when they began to see an increase.

In the US, "the increase in AFM cases in 2014 coincided with a national outbreak of severe respiratory illness among people caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)". "We will continue to work with our partners at the CDC and local health departments to make sure that all NY families have the information they need to prevent their children and others from getting the virus". "All but one of the Texas cases are children". Since then, more than 350 cases of the illness have been reported in the USA over a four-year period. "We haven't completed our own investigations yet to confirm it's AFM so we haven't reported to the CDC", said Sherri Davidson, Alabama's state epidemiologist. The CDC reported 120 cases of AFM in 2014, 22 cases in 2015, 149 cases in 2016 and 33 cases in 2017. AFM has been compared to polio because the condition can lead to paralysis.

Other causes have been linked to environmental toxins, genetic disorders and viruses similar to the West Nile virus, according to state health officials.

Hicar encourages parents to get their children vaccinated to avoid potential illnesses this flu season.

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