What causes polio-like diseases that are paralyzing children? Health experts just do not know We do not know. It is…
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.
“It 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. [1
9659006] From AIDS to Ebola, Fauci and the team he is leading at NIAID has been accused of combating the most dangerous diseases.
But for AFM, experts are not entirely sure of the cause. A specific strain of an enterovirus, common virus that usually causes only 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 have to know what you have before you can do it, “says Fauci.
Disease detectives with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work on it.
Fauci says the National Institutes of Health is now running animal experiments and growing nerve tissue to try and confirm the source of paralysis.
Officials with the CDC announced this week that they are aware of 155 cases of AFM as 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.
Although it is a little comfort for the 155 families affected so far, he said unlike polio, health officials do not see so-called clusters, one big number of cases associated with specific locations.
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