Officials with the Alabama Department of Public Health say three possible cases of acute weak myelitis are being investigated in…
Officials with the Alabama Department of Public Health say three possible cases of acute weak myelitis are being investigated in Alabama.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigate 127 suspected cases of state nationwide state. AFM affects the nervous system, especially the spinal cord, which causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. Disease often results in paralysis, leading to comparisons with polio, the single-feared disease that has almost been wiped out of vaccinations.
It is a rare condition, but CDC noted an increase in reported cases that began in 201
4. Since that time there have been 386 confirmed cases of AFM in the United States, including 62 cases over 22 states reported in 2018. Thirty-three cases were reported by CDC 2017.
ADPH Epidemiologist Amanda Ingram told AL.com that CDC is testing the samples from Alabama patients. The CDC will determine whether the samples are positive for AFM.
The cases were reported from a hospital in Birmingham a Mobile. However, the information on where the patient lives was not available.
“The problem with AFM is that there is really no clear indication of what causes it,” said Ingram for AL.com. “It’s caused by a virus, but does not know what the virus is.”
CDC confirms 62 cases of poliological diseases; reported in 22 states
Previously, AFM has been associated with enterovirus, which started in Colorado, she said.
Symptoms include sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes. Some people will also experience facial or weakness, difficulty in moving eyes, hanging eyelids or difficulty swallowing or speaking. Parents are advised to seek medical attention immediately if a child develops any of these symptoms.
ADPH urges people to train properly handwash and avoid leaving public if you are ill.