Saturday, 20 October, 2018

8-year-old IN girl receiving treatment for rare ‘polio-like’ disease

6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disease Klobuchar Calls for CDC Investigation of Polio-Like Illness
Johnnie Parks | 12 October, 2018, 03:26

Acute flaccid myelitis is so rare that less than one in a million will get it, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Like many children, Julia Payne, the toddler at Lurie, started to show signs of weakness and problems breathing on her own after a prolonged cold, said Dr. Marcelo Malakooti, the medical director for Lurie's pediatric intensive care unit.

Earlier this month, six Minnesota children were diagnosed with the disease.

AFM is a polio-like illness that affects a person's nervous system, including the spinal cord.

Reports surfaced on Wednesday that two Chicago-area children are being treated at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for the illness - including 2-year-old Julia Payne, who has been fighting the illness for almost a month.

"At this point there isn't evidence that would point to a single source of illness among these cases", Dr. Scott Lindquist, state infectious disease epidemiologist at the Department of Health, said. AFM causes patients' muscles to weaken and symptoms include sudden muscle weakness in the arms or legs, neck weakness or stiffness, drooping eyelids or a facial droop, difficulty swallowing or slurred speech. "We're working closely with medical providers and public health agencies".

Gales and heavy rain to end the week
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The doctor says there is no need to panic and there's no vaccine for the disease. It is actively investigating AFM cases, and trying to unearth more information about the mysterious condition. Most of the cases nationwide have been in children.

"The increase in AFM cases in 2014 coincided with a national outbreak of severe respiratory illness among people caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)", the CDC notes on its website.

With research, doctors are trying to figure out if AFM is coming from the same enterovirus family, but not every child diagnosed with AFM has the virus.

Shannon Barbare, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told Fox News Tuesday there have been 14 confirmed cases of AFM in the state so far this year - though it's unclear if all of those cases were included in the CDC's latest report. You can also protect yourself from mosquito-borne viruses such as West Nile virus-another known cause of AFM.

So far this year, the CDC says there have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM across 16 states.

Experts say good hygiene and making sure little ones are washing their hands are one way to prevent spreading viruses and germs.

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