Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Case Of Polio-Like Illness Acute Flaccid Myelitis Confirmed In Mass.

Case Of Polio-Like Illness Acute Flaccid Myelitis Confirmed In Mass.

And for now, it's hard to say if 2018 will equal or surpass spikes seen in 2014 and 2016, Messonnier said, adding that state and federal health officials haven't finished the whole diagnostic algorithm for numerous cases reported over the past several weeks.

So far this year, 127 confirmed or suspected cases of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - a significant increase over 2017 and a worrying perpetuation of a disease for which there is little understanding.

A sharp spike in cases of pediatric acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, is raising red flags with health officials, who despite concerted efforts, haven't identified a cause.

Most of these cases began in August and September, and 90 percent are in children, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at a news conference today. Most of the cases involve children, officials said. It is a rare, but serious condition - fewer than one in a million Americans will get AFM every year, the CDC estimates. Another spike came in 2016.

"Right now, we know that poliovirus is not the cause", Messonnier said, dispelling reports that AFM was possibly linked to polio.

Medical experts aren't sure what causes AFM, but it can occur as a result of a variety of viral illnesses including enteroviruses, West Nile virus, and adenoviruses.

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CNN found that Colorado had 14 confirmed cases, more than any other state, followed by Texas with eight and Minnesota with six. It affects the nervous system and can cause paralysis.

The CDC urges parents to be aware of this illness and to seek medical care right away if family members develop sudden weakness or loss of muscle tone in the arms or legs. So far, the number of cases in 2018 is similar to the number reported in 2014 and 2016, Messonnier said. The public health agency also does not fully understand long-term consequences or why some patients recover quickly while others continue to experience weakness. The Florida Department of Health said one case has been reported this year. Also, she said there can be lags in reporting because of the time it takes to review a patient's clinical syndrome and radiographic findings.

"As we work to better understand what's causing AFM, parents can help protect their children by washing your hands, staying up to date on recommended vaccines and using insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites", Messonnier said.

CDC is not releasing a list of the 22 states with confirmed and suspected cases because of privacy issues. "We just don't know enough".

The agency doesn't know who may be at higher risk for developing this condition or the reasons they may be at higher risk.

In some individuals, health officials have determined that the condition was from infection with a type of virus that causes severe respiratory illness. But so far, no pathogen has been consistently detected in the patients' spinal fluid.

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