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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia reports two recent cases of polio-like illness

14 October 2018
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia reports two recent cases of polio-like illness

Two cases were reported in King County. "However, some illnesses caused by EV-A71 and EV-D68 can be severe enough to require hospitalization".

- A mysterious neurological condition called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) has made headlines in recent weeks, with officials looking into several suspected cases in Minnesota, Colorado and here in Chicago. It also does not include the cases in Minnesota or IL, as they are not confirmed.

AFM has been around for a while, but the CDC notes that there have been increases in the number of cases reported starting in 2014.

Since 2015, the department had seen four cases of AFM, and the recent spike has officials working closely with health care providers to collect information to send to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thirty-eight cases in 16 states this year have been confirmed by the CDC as of September 2018, mostly affecting children. Symptoms typically include sudden weakness in one or more arms or legs, along with loss of muscle tone and decreased or absent reflexes. Among the viruses that can cause AFM are West Nile virus and poliovirus. The viruses that are accounted to cause AFM may be contagious from one person to another or may be spread by a mosquito or other vector depending on which virus causes the AFM. She is now being treated at Lurie Children's Hospital. What causes it is unknown, possibly a virus, but doctors just don't know. It says that most patients afflicted by the disease are children and that scientists have not yet determined a single pathogen detected in patients' spinal fluid that causes AFM. In 2017 there were three cases, and since the beginning of 2018 there has been one case in the state. Individuals diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) experience different issues due to largely gray matter involvement during recovery than traditional transverse myelitis with spastic paralysis.

"It's extremely uncommon this is not something that parents should be concerned about sending their children from school or anything but it's time to get back to the basics of how we prevent viruses from spreading", Dr.

Though the CDC says it's not necessarily proven to guard against AFM, they recommend frequent hand-washing with soap and water.