There have been at least three cases in North Carolina of a very rare disease that can cause severe arm…
There have been at least three cases in North Carolina of a very rare disease that can cause severe arm and leg weakness, especially in children, state prosecutors said.
Other symptoms include facial attenuation or weakness; difficulty in moving the eyes or hanging eyelids difficult to swallow; and sloppy speech.
DHHS has not identified people with the disease or where the cases occurred. The position is similar to its policy of not disclosing details of influenza-related deaths.
Frequency than one in a million people in the United States contracts AFM each year. North Carolina had two confirmed cases in 201
4 and four confirmed cases in 2016.
Dr. Rashid Janjua, a neurosurgeon with Novant Health in Winston-Salem, said that more than 90 percent of AFM cases are in children under 10 years of age.
“I want to stress parents that this is a very rare one-in-one million-occurrence, says Janjua.
” The symptoms to be sought are when someone has high fever and they begin to feel weak in their legs, arms or face, “he said.” If needed, a MRI backbone helps with the diagnosis.
“Sorry, treatment is just supportive,” said Janjua. “Because this is caused by a viral disease, there is no need for antibiotics.”
Although there is no law requiring AFM to be reported, the NCS for public health requests reports of suspected cases, said DHHS spokesman Cobey Culton
Culton said DHHS collaborates with CDC to investigate suspect cases, trial laboratories and provide guidance to healthcare professionals.
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“It’s always important to practice disease prevention, such as keeping up with polio vaccines, washing your hands and protecting you from mosquito bites,” said the Federal Health Care Agency.
CDC said cases of AFM became noticeable nationwide in August 2014. CDC said that a child died of AFM sym ptoms in 2017, the only known mortality.
Dr. Christopher Ohl, an expert on communicable diseases at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. said a decisive cause of the increase of cases is a better recognition of the specific ARM subset from an umbrella of diseases that can cause nerve damage and lead to paralysis in severe cases.
“There is no geographical grouping of AFM, it does not.” It does not seem contagious, it’s not a negative reaction to a vaccine and it’s not related to polio, “says Ohl.
“Some individuals may be prone to being vulnerable to AFM because of their genetics,” he said.
Ohl said that children may be more susceptible because they have not built up the immunity that adults usually make. He warned that adults could also come down with AFM.
“As we continue to learn about AFM, we urge parents to immediately seek care if their children develop symptoms of AFM,” said Ohl.
He said National and Local Recognition of AFM was also materialized from the 2014 issue of respiratory virus enterovirus D68.
The suspected bacterium is an unusual strain of a common virus family that usually hits from summer to autumn. The virus causes mild cold-like symptoms, including runny noses, cough and wheezing.
There were more than 540 confirmed cases nationwide in 2014, including 10 in North Carolina.
“As a doctor examined for cases of D68, an awareness was in a few cases that something else happened which turned out to be AFM,” said Ohl.