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What causes polio-like diseases that are paralyzing children? Health e

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 12:09By:Justin Gray and Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group's National Content Desk – We…

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 12:09


We do not know. It is the answer from the federal government’s best disease expert on what causes the poliological disease that causes paralysis in children around the United States

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It’s called acute weak myelitis, also known as AFM, and It is a virus that starts as a cold but then attacks the nervous system, causing various forms of paralysis.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Anthony Fauci, announced Wednesday that health experts do not know the specific cause of the disease.

“This is a very frustrating situation. We are not sure what it is, even if there is a suspicion, a strong suspicion that it is associated with a certain type of virus we recognize,” Fauci said. [19659007] From AIDS to Ebola, Fauci and the team he leads at NIAID has been accused of combating the most dangerous diseases.

But in the case of AFM, experts are not entirely sure of the cause. It may be linked to a specific strain of an enterovirus, common viruses that usually only cause minor diseases in healthy children.

“What we do is try to figure out how to counteract it, develop drugs against it, develop vaccines, but you must know what you have before you can do That’s what Fauci says.

Disease detectives with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work on it.

Fauci says the National Institutes of Health is

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Officials with CDC announced this week that they are aware of 155 cases of AFM reported so far this year.

One of these cases includes a toddler from Jacksonville, Florida. Amira Faircloth was an energetic child who suddenly could not walk.

Her mother Reba Faircloth said that the girl’s condition causes serious frustration and helplessness.

“It’s nervous. It’s stressful,” said Faircloth.

“She can not understand, she can not go out of bed and do things for herself,” she said.

Fauci said the best The advice he currently has to wash hands often.

“Everything is a rare event. It’s one in a million, “said the NIAID director of the disease.

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Although It’s a little comfort for the 155 families affected so far, he said unlike polio that healthcare officers do not see so-called clusters, a large number of cases linked to specific places.

Health experts are trying to figure out the cause of a mysterious, polio-like disease who hit 155 children in the United States so far this year. (Pixabay)

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