Thursday, 09 April, 2020

Kids In Minnesota With 'Polio-Like' Illness -Said Health Official

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Gustavo Carr | 11 October, 2018, 02:46

By the end of 2014, 120 people had been diagnosed in 34 states.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh confirmed on Tuesday evening that three children suspected of having acute flaccid myelitis are being treated. There was a national outbreak of severe respiratory diseases which were caused by the enterovirus D68. It caused some paralysis in his arm and put him in the hospital.

The spike in cases seems to happen every other year and always this time of year when kids head back to school.

"But it won't tell us what's causing the AFM, which virus, which process, that part we still don't know", Dr. Esper says.

Its symptoms are likened to those caused by polio, which was eradicated in the USA thanks to the polio vaccine.

Finally, although it's unknown whether it's effective in preventing AFM, the CDC notes washing your hands often with soap and water is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

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"We know that enteroviruses, especially EV-A71, have been associated with acute flaccid myelitis", Herlihy told NBC News. "This is a very rare condition", he stresses.

While there are a variety of possible causes for the disease, there is no known cure. The recent cases in Minnesota-which were reported from the Twin cities, central Minnesota and northeastern Minnesota-involved children under 10 years of age, all of whom were hospitalized.

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. AFM can cause paralysis that can prove deadly if the patient loses the ability to breathe on their own.

One victim, 5-year-old Carter Roberts of Chesterfield, Virginia, died last month after developing AFM in 2016.

Quinton has lost a lot of the strength in his left arm, along with some weakness in his legs and neck. "There's not much that can be done and as a parent that's very hard to deal with". However, it recommends practicing disease prevention measures, including staying up-to-date on vaccines and protecting yourself from mosquito bites.

Nearly any viral infection can cause neurological symptoms, although it's extremely unusual, so the CDC says it is also important to be fully up to date on vaccinations.