Figures of the rare polio-like disease's acute sleepmymyitis (AFM) appear to have peaked, according to the US Center for Disease…
Figures of the rare polio-like disease’s acute sleepmymyitis (AFM) appear to have peaked, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention Treatment (CDC).
CDC on Monday said November 30, 134 cases of AFM, which cause muscle weakness and paralysis and affect mostly children, have been confirmed this year in 33 states of the 299 cases reported. The number grew in the week’s report by 18, but most cases occurred in September and October.
The fall in 2018 follows a CDC seen over the previous 4 years, with strong growth every two years: 120 Confirmed Cases 2014, 22 Cases 2015, 149 Cases 2016 and 33 Cases 2017.
Most cases are reported between August and October and usually fall in November. It was also true for this year, with the number of AFM investigators decreasing in recent weeks.
Reporting is ongoing and CDC continues to investigate and confirm the cases.
CDC has been closely monitored by AFM since its first significant emergence in 201
4. Since then, the agency found that more than 90% of patients had mild respiratory disease before developing AFM and that virus viruses from enterovirus are common, especially in children.
“We do not know why a small number of people develop AFM, while most recover, says CDC on its website.” We continue to investigate. “
CDR director Robert R. Redfield, MD, announced last month setting up an AFM working group to help define the cause of the disease and possible treatment options.
“I want to confirm parents, patients and our nation’s CDC commitment to this serious medical condition,” said Redfield in one statement. “This task force will ensure that the full capacity of the scientific community is committed and cooperating to provide important responses and solutions for actively detecting, more effective treatment and finally preventing AFM and its consequences.”
The working group will make important recommendations to the CDC Board of Scientific Advisors. It is planned to submit its first report on December 6th on e at a public meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
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