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Milwaukee man recovered from rare polio-like viruses

A rare polio-like disease affects more people around the country, in fact, there are six cases in Wisconsin. According to…

A rare polio-like disease affects more people around the country, in fact, there are six cases in Wisconsin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from November 2018 there are 116 confirmed cases of acute windy myelitis (AFM) in 31 states. Studies of the disease began to increase in 2014 but the CDC, thus not enough final information is available.

The day TMJ4 talked with Adam and Bridget Sporrie back in October. Adam Sporrie recovered slowly from the disease, he began to suffer from AFM back in August. Sporrie was paralyzed from the waist so it was hard to speak and breathe. His wife Bridget, always at her bed, says that every day gives a new hope.

“In the last month or so, Adam has regained movement in his left arm, he can now go to therapy without his neck,” Sporrie said.

CDC finds that the disease is rare and affects the nervous system. Of the 1

16 cases, more than 90% of them are children. Sporrie says it’s hard for them to cope with this disease because Adam is an adult, but it has long been associated with many parents who go through some of the same things.

“You can not really get a better support group than the parents of the AFM Facebook group. They are angles and all the problems we have can we get into the boards. Share what we’re going through and say” Is this symptom usually? “Says Sporrie.

Sporrie says there is no reset time for AFM, and while his strength returns, the couple wants more answers. Unfortunately, research has not been enough and she says the need to change.

“AFM is very rare, but that does not mean you should not know what to look for, says Sporrie.

For more detailed information on Acute Flaccid Myelitis click here.

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