Minnesota Children Diagnosed With Rare 'Polio-Like' Illness

Minnesota Children Diagnosed With Rare 'Polio-Like' Illness

Minnesota Children Diagnosed With Rare 'Polio-Like' Illness

"There are cases of good recovery and good potential for good healing", said Sinner.

In Minnesota, health officials have fielded calls from the public and doctors about how to prevent the onset, Griffith said.

"At this point there isn't evidence that would point to a single source of illness among these cases", said Dr. Scott Lindquist, an infectious-disease epidemiologist at the Department of Health.

Acute flaccid myelitis affects a person's nervous system and can paralyze a child's arms and legs. Symptoms include weakness, loss of muscle tone, facial droop, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech and in severe cases, paralysis.

The exact reasons that the condition appears are not known, but neurological conditions have a variety of triggers, such as viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders, the CDC said. By the end of that year, 120 people had been diagnosed in 34 states. "So, we've seen that there's an association between viruses, specifically enterovirus, in the past".

She referred to these 11 cases as an outbreak within an outbreak.

More and more cases of a rare polio-like illness are being reported across the country, according to news reports. An additional possible case of AFM was reported out of Skagit County on Thursday.

The case of Orville Young, 4, was among the first in Minnesota to be reported.

The Department of Health is developing a web page to keep the public and media updated. Children have been attacked by this disease since September mid.

Since 2015, when IL began monitoring reports of AFM in the state, four confirmed cases have been identified. Four of the five children had a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, the department said. After treatment, the child was able to regain most of his muscle function, expect in his right arm, and is now in therapy, facing possible surgery.

Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health told CBS News that the chances of a child getting AFM are "about one in a million".

Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical treatment right away.

Herlihy the best prevention is frequent hand-washing and keeping kids home when they are sick.

The MDH noted that there were three cases of AFM in the state in 2014; since then, there has typically been less than one case a year.

"We think that in some cases, there might be a virus or some pathogen that you are initially infected with", Kenyon said.

It also does not include the cases in Minnesota or IL, as they are not confirmed.

The Center for Disease Control started tracking AFM in 2014 and in one study, it found about a quarter of patients had fully recovered and regained use of their muscles after one year.

This year alone - from January through September - there have been 38 confirmed cases in 16 different states, according to the agency. In 2017 the CDC recorded only 33 cases, and in 2015 it confirmed only 22 cases.

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