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Suspected Acute flaccid myelitis case at Oishei Children's Hospital

12 October 2018
Suspected Acute flaccid myelitis case at Oishei Children's Hospital

The disorder is called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

In a letter to the CDC, Klobuchar asked the director to share the organization's plan to address the infections.

Between 2014 and 2018, the CDC received reports of more than 360 cases.

Symptoms can include sudden limb weakness, loss of muscle tone and reflexes, facial and eyelid drooping, facial weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, swallowing difficulty or slurred speech, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a neurological condition that impacts the brain and the spinal cord, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no cure for AFM.

This year alone - from January through September - there have been 38 confirmed cases in 16 different states, according to the agency.

The condition is not new, but officials started to see a rise in cases in 2014.

The condition is still very rare, occurring in fewer than one in a million people in the US each year, the CDC says.

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health said it was investigating six cases of AFM in children over the past few weeks but did not identify what virus or other cause may have led to the illnesses. Since 2015, four cases reviewed by CDC experts have been counted in IL.

A hospital spokesperson couldn't release details about the patient's age, condition, or sex due to health privacy laws.

"The patients are now undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatment", said Andrea Kunicky, a spokeswoman for UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, where the children are being treated.

Since 2015, when IL began monitoring reports of AFM in the state, four confirmed cases have been identified.

Also this week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced that 14 cases of AFM have occurred in the state this year.

Doctors are warning that a mysterious and paralyzing child illness similar to polio has spread to Chicago. "There have been no deaths". "So, we've seen that there's an association between viruses, specifically enterovirus, in the past".

There is no vaccine for AFM or a vaccine for enterovirus, a virus doctors know is associated with AFM.

Most people will instead experience things like a cold, a rash, diarrhea or hand, foot and mouth disease, she explained.