Klobuchar Calls for CDC Investigation of Polio-Like Illness

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 11, 2018

Cases of a rare polio-like illness that are turning up across the country are also appearing here in North Texas.

The disorder is called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

The poorly understood illness is thought to attack the body's nervous system.

It resembles polio, but unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM.

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh confirmed Tuesday afternoon that three children being treated at their facility are suspected of having the polio-like disease.

The CDC's website explains, "A doctor can tell the difference between AFM and other diseases with a careful examination of the nervous system, looking at the location of the weakness, muscle tone and reflexes".

From August 2014 through August 2018, the CDC has been notified of 362 cases of the illness, mostly in children. Instead, people who are diagnosed with it are given "aggressive supportive care", Adalja says. Symptoms include weakness in the arms or legs, drooping facial muscles, and difficulty moving the eyes.

The Health Department says there are no specific recommendations for avoiding AFM, but recommends washing your hands with soap and water, avoiding close contact with sick people, cleaning surfaces with a disinfectant, and staying up-to-date on recommended immunizations.

Five Western Washington children under the age of 6 have been hospitalized for a "sudden onset of paralysis of one of more limbs".

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