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Polio-Like Condition in Kids on Rise Again in US

Polio-Like Condition in Kids on Rise Again in US

On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health announced there have been a total of six reports of pediatric acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) since September 20.

The rare condition can be caused by a virus, a genetic disorder and environmental toxins.

"In very rare cases, it is possible that the process in the body that triggers AFM may also trigger other serious neurologic complications that could lead to death", according to the CDC.

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

With hope, further investigation will address this unnerving uptick in AFM cases, preventing even more little ones from suffering around the country.

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. Usually, the state sees zero to one AFM cases a year.

Previously, only four cases had been reported in IL since 2015.




"We want to be better to better understand the epidemiology of the disease".

"All cases are among infants and children under age 6 who all reportedly had symptoms of a respiratory illness in the week prior to developing symptoms of AFM", the Washington State Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday.

Separate from these five cases of illness, there has been one other case of AFM in Washington this year and there were three cases identified in 2017, according to the health department. Treatment mainly boils down to alleviating those symptoms.

Minnesota has noticed a spike in suspected AFM cases in recent weeks.

Two cases were reported in King County. "Do more research. Just don't settle for, 'Oh, I don't know, it might not be a big deal, ' because sometimes it turns into this, and so you really need to push for and be an advocate for your child", said her mother, Katy Payne. "This condition is not new, but the increase in cases we saw starting in 2014 is new".

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. One hundred forty-nine cases were reported in 39 states in 2016 and 22 cases in 17 states in 2015.


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