3 children with Polio-like illness In North Texas

3 children with Polio-like illness In North Texas

The CDC has been monitoring the condition more closely since 2014, when there was a nationwide spike in cases.

"We've been vigilant", Sanford Health Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Clifford Mauriello said. Three other cases were reported in Pierce, Lewis, and Snohomish counties. By the end of that year, 120 people had been diagnosed in 34 states.

The cause of the condition is unknown but the key symptom to look for is weakened limbs and loss of feeling in the arms or legs.

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".

It is believed that AFM can arise from a viral infection, although environmental and genetic factors could also cause the illness to develop. Four of the five had fever of 100.4 F or greater. It is a neurological condition that impacts the brain and the spinal cord, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no cure for AFM.

"What we do know is that AFM can be caused by lots of different things, and one of those things is a viral infection", said Dr. Elizabeth Meade, Chief of Pediatrics at Swedish. "This is certainly the largest outbreak of enterovirus A71 we've seen in Colorado". Some people with AFM may be unable to pass urine (pee).

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The CDC reported 362 total cases from August 2014 to August 2018 with a major rise in cases reported in 2016 across 39 states. The CDC3 does not advocate the use of steroids, IVig, or plasma exchange in AFM, but individuals with AFM or caregivers of children with AFM should discuss treatment recommendations with their physician.

Because of AFM's possible roots in polio, doctors and medical health professionals are urging parents to stay up-to-date on their children's vaccinations.

One case has also been confirmed in Wisconsin.

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

While the Department of Health said there are no specific recommendations for avoiding AFM, people can take steps to reduce their risks from some known causes with frequent and thorough hand-washing, avoiding close contact with sick people, and cleaning surfaces with a disinfectant, especially those that a sick person has touched.

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