Local boy probable to have rare illness similar to polio

16 October, 2018, 10:10 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Illinois investigating 9 ‘sporadic’ cases of polio-like illness in children | Belleville News-Democrat

And yesterday (Oct. 10), the Illinois Department of Public Health said it had received recent reports of nine children diagnosed with the condition.

The condition called Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare condition that affects a person's nervous system, specifically the spinal cord. The children are residents of King County (2), Pierce County (1), Lewis County (1), and Snohomish County (1).

From August 2014 to August 2018, the CDC reported receiving information that there had been a total of 362 cases, most of which affected children.

Symptoms include facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech. AFM has been compared to polio because the condition can lead to paralysis.

UH said both patients have been discharged, but the Ohio Department of Health and the CC are continuing to monitor the illness. The cause of any individual case of AFM can be hard to determine, and often, no cause is found. CDC specialists will make the final determination if these cases are AFM. Were working closely with medical providers and public health agencies.

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The CDC said that the patients' symptoms have been most similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including poliovirus, non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and West Nile virus. Experts don't know what causes it. So far this year, cases have been reported in 16 states. However, it recommends practicing disease prevention measures, including staying up-to-date on vaccines and protecting yourself from mosquito bites.

WSIL- An alert for parents health officials say there's a serious respiratory virus spreading across the state.

The New York State Department of Health has confirmed 39 children have the virus (EV-D68) in New York State.

In general, infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get infected with EV-D68 and become ill because they do not yet have immunity from previous exposures to enteroviruses.

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