127 suspected and confirmed cases of polio-like condition — CDC

Five kids in Maryland may have a polio-like disease, as CDC investigates

Five kids in Maryland may have a polio-like disease, as CDC investigates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 62 cases in 22 states this year.

Federal health officials took the unusual step on Tuesday of warning the public about an increase in a mysterious and rare condition that mostly affects children and can cause paralysis. However, the illness has been on the rise in the USA since 2014. It's also important to note that the number of known or suspected cases is small, so the odds of contracting the illness are extremely low. Officials said some patients diagnosed with AFM recover quickly, while others need ongoing care. Kerkering said the typical season for the illness has just begun.

Early symptoms mirror those of a common cold such as cough, congestion, and fever.

"This is truly a mystery disease", Messonnier told CBS News.

Andrea Kunicky, spokesperson for UPMC Children's, declined to comment on any cases at the hospital. But, occasionally, a child will progress to having AFM.

The good news is that the complication is "incredibly rare", Messonnier said.

"As a parent myself, I understand what it is like to be scared for your child". Some children with AFM recover full motion and strength-usually within a few months-whereas in others the nerve damage seems permanent, she says.

"Our medical team has been reviewing vaccine records when available during this year's investigation and do not see a correlation", said CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund.

But the CDC still has suggestions to decrease the likelihood of getting the disease. He redirects redundant nerves from other parts of the arm or abdomen to replace those lost to the disease. A research team led by Van Haren was the first to link acute flaccid myelitis with EV D68, back in 2015. But treatments for the infection itself remain elusive.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) told WCCO the seventh case of accute flaccid myelitis (AFM) has been clinically diagnosed in Minnesota.

Williams went on to point out that thousands of kids will be hospitalized in this country this year with the flu. She also said West Nile virus hasn't been linked to any of these cases, either. It's the first such case at the hospital.

The scariest and most severe symptom is when the disease affects the diaphragm, the muscle that helps us breathe.

So far the disease has claimed one life in the U.S.

Researchers are looking into a number of possible causes from viruses to genetic disorders to environmental toxins. It's another feature of the disease that's reminiscent of polio.

It's a rare disease that can cause muscle weakness, partial paralysis, and general polio-like symptoms in children.

AFM is still a mystery to health care officials.

About 90 percent of the cases have involved paralysis, according to the CDC.

Kerkering said doctors aren't sure what causes the spinal infection.

"She couldn't hold herself up and everything".

None of the specimens has tested positive for polio virus, however.

"There is a lot we don't know about AFM", Messonnier said during a teleconference for reporters.

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