155 cases of polio-like illness under investigation, CDC says

155 cases of polio-like illness under investigation, CDC says

Some with AFM will feel weakness in their arms or legs, a loss of muscle tone or slower reflexes. It can lead to serious neurological problems, the CDC said in a statement last week. "CDC has been actively investigating these AFM cases, and we continue to receive information about suspected AFM cases".

The CDC announced this week that there have been 62 confirmed cases in 22 states, with OH being one of them.

"The way that it presents in children is with a pretty sudden weakness or paralysis of one or more of their limbs", he said Monday.

From August 2014 through September 2018, the CDC has received information on a total of 386 confirmed cases of AFM across the United States. Another kind of virus is suspected, but it's been found in only some of the cases.

"We have [had] two patients we have treated in CHEO for [acute flaccid paralysis] since the summer", said Dr. Sunita Venkateswaran, a pediatric neurogologist with the children's hospital.

The disease is called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

AFP is the umbrella term used for "syndromes characterized by the acute onset of weakness of the limbs", including AFM, CDC notes.

"We're already starting to think about will she be able to drive, will she ever be able to play soccer again", her mother Elizabeth Holcombe said.

HuffPost Canada has reached out to the Canadian Paediatric Society for comment.

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"While we don't know the cause of most of the AFM cases, it's always important to practice disease prevention steps, such as staying up-to-date on vaccines, washing your hands, and protecting yourself from mosquito bites", the CDC said.

Doctors say the disease starts off as a common cold but the virus attacks the spinal cord.

"We know this can be frightening for parent", said Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, during a telephone briefing to reporters last week.

The average age of those diagnosed is 4 years old.

It is also unclear who could be at higher risk of developing AFM, Messonnier said. We don't fully understand the long-term consequences of AFM.

Health officials say there are several potential causes of the condition, including certain viruses, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders.

But while causes have been established in a handful of cases, the majority do not have attributed causes.

"As a parent myself, I understand what it is like to be scared for your child", she said during a CDC telebriefing.

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