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Children in Clark County may have rare, poliological diseases

An eleventh child in Washington is suspected of having acute weak myelitis, a rare polio-like disease that has seen a nail this year. Clark County Public Health identified another child on Wednesday. The child, under the age of 6, was in hospital after one of the child's arms was paralyzed. The child had previously shown symptoms of respiratory distress and fever, according to the Public Health Department. This child joins two other children who have suspected cases of acute weak myelitis. The Washington Department of Health examines the cases and laboratory samples and diagnostic images have been sent to the federal disease control and preventive measures for a confirmed diagnosis. Nine other children in Washington already received positive diagnoses. While few people die of acute windy myelitis, breathing difficulties may require ventilation machines or the condition may trigger other neurological problems. 6 children infected in Washington during outbreaks of polio-like viruses Last year, three children in Washington had the disease and nine did in 201 6 under a national peak in the disease. That year, Oregon had at least three cases and three years in 2014. The Oregon Health Authority has not reported any cases so far this year. Doctors have not been able to determine a common cause of acute weak myelitis. In many cases, no one can name a cause, according to Centers for Disease Control. The disease similar to polio and West Nile Virus and Centers of Disease Control said that the two viruses, such as non-polio…

An eleventh child in Washington is suspected of having acute weak myelitis, a rare polio-like disease that has seen a nail this year.

Clark County Public Health identified another child on Wednesday. The child, under the age of 6, was in hospital after one of the child’s arms was paralyzed. The child had previously shown symptoms of respiratory distress and fever, according to the Public Health Department.

This child joins two other children who have suspected cases of acute weak myelitis. The Washington Department of Health examines the cases and laboratory samples and diagnostic images have been sent to the federal disease control and preventive measures for a confirmed diagnosis.

Nine other children in Washington already received positive diagnoses. While few people die of acute windy myelitis, breathing difficulties may require ventilation machines or the condition may trigger other neurological problems.

6 children infected in Washington during outbreaks of polio-like viruses

Last year, three children in Washington had the disease and nine did in 201

6 under a national peak in the disease.

That year, Oregon had at least three cases and three years in 2014. The Oregon Health Authority has not reported any cases so far this year.

Doctors have not been able to determine a common cause of acute weak myelitis. In many cases, no one can name a cause, according to Centers for Disease Control.

The disease similar to polio and West Nile Virus and Centers of Disease Control said that the two viruses, such as non-polio enterovirus and mosquito-born diseases like Zika, can also cause acute windy myelitis.

Acute weak myelitis causes sudden weakness in one or both arms or legs. People with the condition also lose muscle tone and reflexes, experience facial and eyelid disorders, difficulty in moving eyes, difficulty swallowing or speaking.

Health issues say they do not know what the long-term consequences of acute weak myelitis are or who are most vulnerable to contacting it.

Because there is no specific cause, there is no safe treatment or preventive treatment. The federal government recommends that people wash their hands with soap and water, disinfect surfaces and avoid contact with the sick.

Health authorities also recommend to keep up to date on vaccines, especially for polio and to avoid mosquito bites whenever possible.

– Molly Harbarger

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