Polio-Like Condition in Kids on Rise Again in US

Quinton Hill and his parents

Quinton Hill and his parents

"The CDC will make the final determination on diagnoses and numbers are subject to change", the statement said. Other patients have it much worse.

Since 2015, when IL began monitoring reports of AFM in the state, four confirmed cases have been identified.

With research, doctors are trying to figure out if AFM is coming from the same enterovirus family, but not every child diagnosed with AFM has the virus.

Most people will have sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes. AFM or neurologic conditions like it have a variety of causes, including viruses, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders.

Health officials are warning parents to be on the lookout for symptoms.

In the past, Minnesota may only see one case in a year. Fortunately, the disease is extremely rare with only 100 to 150 total cases per year - none of which have been reported in the Tri-State Area. 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. "They're exactly alike. It's patchy, focal weakness, and it can occur anywhere in the body", said Dr. Acosta.

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

"While all the patients were hospitalized, almost all have fully recovered", the department stressed.

"The state health department has been monitoring this situation closely since early spring". "The patients are now undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatment", the hospital said in a statement to Pittsburgh's Channel 11.

"There is no vaccination or specific treatment for enteroviruses".

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

Six children in Minnesota have been detected with an exceptional "polio-like" bug since mid-September, state health officials said, all the latest cases were in kids below 10.

One case has also been confirmed in Wisconsin. This brings the number of cases under investigation to six.

The cause of AFM, and the reason for the rise in cases starting in 2014, is not known. Three cases were reported in 2017, and one other case was reported in Washington since the beginning of 2018. A 2016 report found there were 120 cases recorded across 34 states from August through December 2014.

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