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Polio-like disease that's paralyzing kids now in Chicago, Pittsburgh

Polio-like disease that's paralyzing kids now in Chicago, Pittsburgh”

Other AFM symptoms may include: facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech.

Doctors say that it can start out just like a common cold. Treatment mainly boils down to alleviating those symptoms.

In the past, Minnesota may only see one case in a year.

Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, affects less than 1 million people a year the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

"The CDC has acknowledged that 362 cases of AFM have been reported since 2014, indicating an increasing infection rate", Klobuchar wrote in the letter. "Now you're finding cases in Canada, you're finding cases where people are looking hard for children with this basically, paralysis-like illness". While the CDC says they do not know the cause of most cases of AFM, they do know that Poliovirus and West Nile virus can sometimes lead to AFM.

A 2-year-old girl from Batavia is facing a long, hard recovery after contracting a rare polio-like disease that has been reported in children across the United States.

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, an epidemiologist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told Fox News most of 2018's confirmed Colorado cases happened in mid- to late August and September. "That enterovirus is transmittable from person to person, but you can't actually catch AFM from somebody else".

Additionally, the CDC has found a possible link between an increase in a respiratory virus and an increase of AFM. But unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM. Back in 2016, Washington state had 10 cases of AFM.

Doctors now don't know a lot about how AFM spreads.

Cases of a rare polio-like illness that are turning up across the country are also appearing here in North Texas. "A person's arms and legs can become weak or paralyzed depending on the area of the spinal cord that is inflamed".

Doctors are encouraging people to practice what are called "general prevention strategies" - including washing your hands with soap and water, getting vaccinated and preventing mosquito bites.

If your child has any symptoms of AFM (limb weakness, facial weakness/drooping, difficulty speaking or swallowing), seek medical attention right away.



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