SAN ANTONIO – It is a parent's worst nightmare – has a sick child with a rare and serious condition.…
SAN ANTONIO – It is a parent’s worst nightmare – has a sick child with a rare and serious condition. Centers for Disease Control are now becoming more serious in tracing the cause and treatment of a polio-like disease called acute weak myelitis.
CDC sets up a working group to investigate the disease that has become more than 116 people in 31 states this year, as long as it is as much as most are children. Colorado has the highest number of cases, followed by Texas.
Dr. Jon Crews, who treats childhood infectious diseases in the childhood hospital, said that acute weak myelitis is a condition that causes the spinal cord and causes weakness to the arms or legs due to inflammation of the spinal cord.
“We are still learning more about how often it happens, but so far it seems like one to two children per million,” said Crews.
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services reported 1
7 confirmed and possible acute bleeding myelitis cases this year. Bexar County had no cases, but Crews said that there have been a few cases treated at the Children’s Hospital in recent years.
“Some children with AFM have a complete recovery. Others may have some remaining weakness in the arm or leg,” says Crews.
Since there is no known cause of the disease, there is no standard treatment for that, Crews said.
Some viruses are known to cause the disease, including enterovirus, such as poliovirus, EV-A71 and West Nile virus.
Crews urges parents to remember the rarity of the state. He said parents should do what they usually do to keep their children healthy, for example, to wash their children’s hands regularly and keep them updated about their vaccines.
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