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7th Case of Rare Disease Diagnosed

7th Case of Rare Disease Diagnosed”

"Many times it can start with what looks like a respiratory illness, a little bit of a fever", Narula said. Despite extensive laboratory and other testing, CDC has not been able to find the cause for the majority of the cases.

"Right now, we know that poliovirus is not the cause", Messonnier said, dispelling reports that AFM was possibly linked to polio. One child with the disorder died in 2017. So far, a common cause linking these illnesses has not been found.

There is no specific treatment for the disorder.

According to CNN, at least 30 states have cases that were confirmed, suspected or being investigated.

CDC There have been 386 confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis in the US since 2014. But she stressed that despite the increase in cases, the illness is still very rare, occurring in fewer than 1 in a million people in the USA each year.

She emphasized the AFM cases are very rare, affecting 1 in 1 million people, and the condition is not caused by poliovirus, though symptoms can be similar to polio.

Messonnier said some patients diagnosed with AFM have recovered quickly while others continue to struggle with paralysis.

Since the condition was first recognized by CDC in 2014, the agency has confirmed 362 cases. But Messonnier cautioned that it would be "premature" to be confident that this year will be the same as the earlier years.

"This is a pretty dramatic disease", Messonnier said.

Parents have reported that the limbs of affected children appear lifeless. "We recommend seeking medical care right away if you or your child develops sudden weakness of the arms and legs", she said. Messonnier said West Nile virus, which had been listed as a possible cause on CDC's website, is also not causing the illnesses.

In some individuals, health officials have determined that the condition was from infection with a type of virus that causes severe respiratory illness.

Extremely. According to the CDC, there were 38 confirmed cases in 16 states this year through September 30. Fifteen states said they'd confirmed cases this year.

The CDC is investigating the outbreak.

That's up from 22 people who were said to have it in 2015. But so far, no pathogen has been consistently detected in the patients' spinal fluid. "And certainly after three cycles of this, when we've looked through all the normal agents, we're looking beyond that to see if there are things beyond normal infectious diseases that could cause this", said Messonnier. She said the average age of AFM patients is 4.

"Families really sticking with it are seeing slow but steady recovery", he said.

CNN reached out to health departments in every state; 48 states responded, plus the District of Columbia.

Other countries have reported AFM cases, but not the same seasonal pattern the United States has experienced.



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