Rare, polio-like condition appears in USA again

Minnesota: Acute flaccid myelitis cases investigated across state

Minnesota: Acute flaccid myelitis cases investigated across state

AFM appears to mainly affect children, and all of the cases in Minnesota have occurred in children under 10, the MDH said in an October 5 statement.

The disease is known to hit the nervous system by traveling through the spinal cord. According to the CDC, the largest number of cases, about 50, were reported in September 2014 before dropping to single digits in following months.

All of the Minnesota cases have been in children younger than 10 and all were hospitalized. It is believed that AFM can be contagious, and for this reason, isolation protocols are in place for patients who are confirmed to have the neurological illness.

Between August 2014 and August 2018, the CDC received information on a total of 362 confirmed cases of AFM nationwide. The state usually sees just one case of the illness per year, which the Star-Tribune reports has health officials now issuing alerts to doctors statewide. Viruses in the enterovirus genus - a group that includes the common cold and the polio virus - are most closely associated with AFM, though past cases have also been linked to West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, Saint Louis encephalitis, and adenoviruses.

Additionally, the CDC has found a possible link between an increase in a respiratory virus and an increase of AFM.

The Minnesota Department of Health said that the state had three cases of AFM in 2014.

"EV-D68 has been circulating in what looks like an every-other-year pattern", Messacar told NBC News.

"You can protect yourself and your children from poliovirus by getting vaccinated", the CDC advises. They should also prevent from mosquito bites.

Concern is growing over mysterious outbreaks of a rare polio-like condition in children.

"A lot of these people do require prolonged amounts of physical therapy to get their strength back up", says Cleveland Clinic pediatric infectious disease expert Dr. Fewer than 1 in 1 million people will contract AFM, even when these new numbers are taken into account.

If your child has any symptoms of AFM (limb weakness, facial weakness/drooping, difficulty speaking or swallowing), seek medical attention right away.

Because AFM can develop from a viral infection, the Minnesota health department recommends that families follow "basic steps" to avoid those infections, including by washing hands, staying home if you're sick and covering your coughs and sneezes.

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