'Polio-like' illness cases flaring up: Should you be concerned?

Acute Flacid Myelitis or paralysis (AFM) is a rare disorder that is increasing in prevalence.

CDC specialists will make the final call on whether these cases are in fact AFM. "They may have difficulty moving their eyes and some have slurred speech or difficulty swallowing; so very rare symptoms that you wouldn't expect to see in a child, so can be picked up very quickly", said Dr. Kevin Most, Northwestern. These symptoms are remarkably similar to polio or the West Nile Virus. "As AFM affects mostly children and has no known cure, it is imperative that CDC conduct an expedited investigation and response to AFM infections", Klobuchar wrote.

Symptoms include limb weakness, facial drooping and trouble swallowing. The Minnesota Department of Health put out an alert last week, stating that six cases have been reported in children across that state over the past several weeks.

Five Western Washington children have been hospitalized with a possible nervous system illness.

More news: Alok Nath stripped in front of me, manhandled me
More news: Unnamed US telecom company implicated in alleged malicious chip hack
More news: Google challenges European Commission's $5 bn Android fine

Doctors now don't know a lot about how AFM spreads. All of those patients were under the age of 10 and were hospitalized around the middle of September, according to an October 5 news release.

There was a national uptick in AFM cases in 2014. "There have been no deaths".

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, an epidemiologist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told Fox News most of 2018's confirmed Colorado cases happened in mid- to late August and September. The majority were in the Denver metropolitan area, she added. "We want to be better to better understand the epidemiology of the disease".

Herlihy noted it's "quite rare" to suffer neurological complications like AFM, encephalitis and meningitis from enteroviruses.

Related Articles

  • Watch Hurricane Michael make landfall on Florida webcams

    Watch Hurricane Michael make landfall on Florida webcams

    Michael began dashing homes into pieces and flooding neighborhoods shortly after crossing near Mexico Beach as a Category 4 storm. Residents in Panama City, Florida are boarding up coastal properties as Hurricane Michael approaches with increased intensity.
    FBI Informant Listed as Owner of Limo in Deadly NY Crash

    FBI Informant Listed as Owner of Limo in Deadly NY Crash

    But it was Hussain's work as an informant in a controversial counter-terrorism sting in Albany that thrust him into the spotlight. Cuomo said that the limousine involved in the crash had failed a state inspection and should not have been on the road.
    The separatists Salvini and Le Pen are at the

    The separatists Salvini and Le Pen are at the "bunker of Brussels"

    A slump in Italian assets deepened after a tug-of-war between the government and the European Union (EU) over its budget intensified.
  • Jose Mourinho's touchline comments may be investigated by lip reader

    I spoke with Hugo (Lloris), Blaise (Matuidi), (Raphael) Varane, to say that this World Cup we really had to put everything in place to win it.
    The Surprising Illnesses the HPV Vaccine Can Protect Against (Beyond HPV)

    The Surprising Illnesses the HPV Vaccine Can Protect Against (Beyond HPV)

    Most HPV infections , including potentially cancer-causing varieties, go away on their own, the National Cancer Institute says. If a person has already been exposed to a certain strain of HPV, then the vaccine will not protect them against that strain.
    Stardew Valley is coming to mobile this month, first on iOS

    Stardew Valley is coming to mobile this month, first on iOS

    Pre-orders for Stardew Valley mobile will go live today on the App Store, and it will run you £7.99/$7.99/€8.99. And, if you're using mods in Stardew Valley on PC, that will cause problems when importing the save files.
  • Florida Panhandle boarding up for hurricane Michael

    Characterized by strong winds and heavy rainfall, the hurricane of 1930 caused severe damage to the Dominican Republic. Predating modern meteorological technology, the formation point and exact wind strengths of the hurricane are unknown.
    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall won't be attending Princess Eugenie's royal wedding

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall won't be attending Princess Eugenie's royal wedding

    The only non-royal bridesmaid will be Theodora Williams - the six-year-old daughter of Robbie Williams and Ayda Field. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle - the same location as Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding in April.
    Google Drops Out of Pentagon's $10 Billion Cloud Competition

    Google Drops Out of Pentagon's $10 Billion Cloud Competition

    In recent months, Microsoft has been seen as a competitive alternative as it expands its work with the intelligence community. Microsoft has already obtained FedRAMP's highest rating for its Microsoft Azure Government business and an IL-5 through DISA.
  • Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show: Smart Display Showdown

    We will hopefully know the answers to these questions before Google ships the Home Hub near the end of this month. Did I want to see a Google hub with Zigbee and/or Z-Wave radios? GoogleWhen will Google Home Hub be available?
    Major 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS

    Major 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS

    The earthquake's tremors were felt as far as the holiday island of Bali, where locals and tourists were woken up by the sensation. PNG sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

    On World Mental Health Day, Emotional Deepika Padukone Says She's #NotAshamed

    Mental illness most of the times don't improve on their own and needs professional consultation. People go for a physical health check-up regularly but mental health is always neglected.