Polio-Like Disease AFM Is Affecting Kids Around the Country

11 Octobre, 2018, 04:26 | Auteur: Yves Courtet

Three children are receiving treatment in Pittsburgh for a rare neurological disease that can lead to paralysis, UPMC officials confirmed Tuesday.

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Orville was diagnosed with AFM and spent six days in the hospital. "The CDC has been asking us to pay attention to this for quite a while".

Five Western Washington children have been hospitalized with a possible nervous system illness.

Other AFM symptoms may include: facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech.

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All cases in Minnesota have been in children under 10 years old and also included hospitalization in Twin Cities, central Minnesota and northeastern Minnesota.

Though officials have observed a rise in cases since 2014, the condition's origins remain unclear.

Acute flaccid myelitis is thought to happen after someone contracts a virus, like a poliovirus, West Nile virus, or adenovirus, the CDC says.

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.

There have been 38 confirmed cases in 16 states so far.

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