States and CDC probe reports of rare poliolike symptoms in kids

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 11, 2018

It affects the nervous system, specifically the area of spinal cord called gray matter, which causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. And at the end of 2104, total numbers of people affected from AFM were 120 in 34 states.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., urged the CDC to investigate the national uptick of acute flaccid myelitis infections among children in an October 9 letter to CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD. It caused some paralysis in his arm and put him in the hospital.

Since then, however, the Minnesota Department of Health said it has seen an AFM case about once a year. Unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM.

Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health told CBS News that the chances of a child getting AFM are "about one in a million". The Minnesota cases have been diagnosed since September 20, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, which says officials are working "aggressively" with health care providers to try to gather more information about the cases.

"A lot of these people do require prolonged amounts of physical therapy to get their strength back up", says Cleveland Clinic pediatric infectious disease expert Dr. A 2-year-old girl was recently diagnosed in the Chicago area, and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh confirmed that three children are now being treated for AFM at their facility.

Although acute flaccid myelitis is terrifying, Adalja says parents should not stay awake at night worrying about it. But in very rare cases, they can damage the nerves.

While there are a variety of possible causes for the disease, there is no known cure.

State medical officials released a statement on the outbreak last week so that doctors can be on the lookout for more cases.

Basic symptoms usually add lower backache or sharp shooting sensations that shoot out down the legs or arms or around the torso, aural alterations, dotting symptoms, Difficulty moving the eyes or bending eyelids, Facial dangle or weakness, Difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech, sudden arm or leg weakness.

"But we do know that over time, with rehabilitation therapies, numerous children can regain function".

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help one of the patients, 7-year-old Quinton Hill.

All six were under the age of 10 and reported weakness and paralysis in the arms and legs.

After several tests, doctors were only able to find a diagnosis after a second MRI, finding abnormality throughout his entire spinal cord. "There's not much that can be done and as a parent that's very hard to deal with".

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