Five children in Washington state stricken with limb paralysis; health officials investigating

Five children in Washington state stricken with limb paralysis; health officials investigating

Five children in Washington state stricken with limb paralysis; health officials investigating

The number of cases of the illness, also known as AFM, is the highest in the state since 2014, when there were three reported cases, the health authorities said.

So far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been 38 confirmed cases of the polio-like condition across 16 states.

A few states, including Texas, have reported a rare polio-like illness in children and the CDC is paying attention.

Acute flaccid myelitis appears to be caused most often by viruses, especially one called EV-D68.

From August 2014 through August 2018, CDC has received information on a total of 362 cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) across the USA; most of the cases continue to occur in children.

In addition to limited mobility of arms and legs, symptoms include neck weakness or stiffness, drooping eyelids or a facial droop and difficulty swallowing or slurred speech. Some people report numbness or tingling in their arms or legs, while others have difficulty passing urine. This can require urgent ventilator support (breathing machine). They can also cause neurologic illness, such as meningitis, encephalitis, and AFM, but these are rare.

"It is important to know that even though this is a rare condition and is being reported as a mystery illness, we really do understand much more about the causes of this disease", he said. Your doctor may collect information about your symptoms and send this information to their health departments. If their children start to show symptoms of AFM, they are being told to bring them to the hospital immediately. This virus is transmitted from person to person and it can have severe effects of the brain and spinal cord of the system. A doctor can examine a patient's nervous system and the places on the body where he or she has weakness, poor muscle tone, and decreased reflexes.

Parents who see AFM symptoms in their children, such as not using an arm, should contact health providers as soon as possible so that diagnostic tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cerebral spinal fluid testing can be done as soon as possible.

Although acute flaccid myelitis is terrifying, Adalja says parents should not stay awake at night worrying about it.

Dr. Elizabeth Meade, chief of pediatrics at Swedish Pediatrics, says AFM is more common in kids and is sometimes associated with viruses. One possible way it can develop is from viral infections. Since there is no specific treatment as of yet, neurologists can recommend certain interventions on a case-by-case basis, recommending physical or occupational therapy to help with limb weakness.

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