Norton Children's treats three patients for rare polio-like illness

Five kids in Maryland may have a polio-like disease, as CDC investigates

Verma, of Children's Healthcare, said unfortunately there is no cure for acute flaccid myelitis, but he said there are ways to manage the symptoms, and he added that rehabilitation can improve function and quality of life. From August 2014 through September 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received information on a total of 386 confirmed cases of AFM across the United States; most of the cases have occurred in children. Officials advised parents not to panic, but remain vigilant for any sudden onset of symptoms.

The CDC's Messonnier said, "We know this can be frightening for parents".

AFM can lead to weakness or paralysis in the arms and legs.

What is AFM and what are its symptoms?

Like polio, acute flaccid myelitis affects the gray matter of the spinal cord, often causing lifelong paralysis of the muscles. Some people will also experience facial drooping or weakness, difficulty moving their eyes, drooping eyelids or difficulty swallowing or speaking.

Benson said the polio virus is not the culprit in the AFM cases. The CDC has yet to figure out a common link between all the cases that have been reported, although they did note that several of them seem to have been linked to infections by other viruses, enterovirus D68.

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The CDC is also working on verifying clinical information reported to them by health departments and testing specimens collected from suspected cases. "But we don't know why in some patients it may affect the spinal cord".

Does AFM have a season, like the flu?

"Those are the biggest, first signs that there's something going on". So, certainly if your child has a cold, treat it as a cold.

"They're presenting with weakness in some part of their body". Most patients have a respiratory illness like a cold before the neurological symptoms set in. "Sometimes it stops there, sometimes it progresses".

"It's a very slow rehab and recovery, " Verma told Georgia Health News.

Since 2014, Georgia public health officials said, there have been 11 confirmed or probable cases of AFM in the state, with five coming in 2016 alone.

Mark Hicar, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and assistant professor at the University at Buffalo, S.U.N.Y., has treated two children with AFM, one in 2014 and one this year. The average age is 4 years old. "It always ends up being a new news story".

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This year, more than half of all USA states have had confirmed or possible cases of acute flaccid myelitis.

In total, 386 cases were confirmed between August 2014 and September 2018. She suspects that a host of factors play a role in the likelihood of getting AFM, but more cases must be reviewed in order to find an answer.

Health experts say this does not simply mean just staying up-to-date with vaccinations but also minimizing exposure to mosquitoes.

As alarming as the news is, AFM is still unusual. A child is less likely to have AFM, which is less than 1 in million. Pardo-Villamizar told HealthDay that most children who contract an enterovirus only suffer an upper-respiratory infection.

Numbness or tingling is rare in people with AFM, although some people have pain in their arms or legs. "But a lot of kids are left with residual weakness, which can be from mild weakness in one arm or leg, or in some cases it can be severe to where they're unable to walk". "It's very scary, and it's a serious illness for the children and families affected, but parents and family should remember that it's very rare".

More cases of polio-like illness among children reported
EV-D68 infection most commonly results in mild symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, cough, body aches and muscle aches. In addition to the pair of cases at CHOP, three cases are also being treated in Pittsburgh, 6ABC reported .

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