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Multiple cases of a polio-like disease affect children according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC has investigated at least 386 possible cases of acute spotty myelitis dating back to 2014 and recently confirmed 62 cases in 22 states this year.
Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said this “dramatically” and serious illness cause great concern throughout the country. Of the confirmed cases, 90 percent are children. The average age is 4 years old.
“We know this can be scary for parents,” said Messonnier in a press release.
Here’s what the parents should know:
Acute windy myelitis is a rare condition that affects the spinal cord called gray matter and may cause paralysis. CDC said the cause of most AFM cases is unknown, but some cases have been linked to other viruses. There is no specific treatment for it and long-term consequences are unknown.
“I encourage parents to immediately seek care if you or your child develops sudden weakness or loss of muscle tone in your arms or legs,” said Messonnier. Symptoms include hanging face and eyelid, difficulty with eye movement and swallowing and sneaky speech. In severe cases children may have difficulty breathing and need a fan due to muscle weakness.
Yes, there is a report about a child who dies by AFM in 2017.
Although cases have risen since 2014, AFM still affects a small population – less than one million people in the United States annually.
CDC recommends that people follow normal disease prevention measures, including keeping up with vaccines, washing hands and wearing insecticides.
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