Cases of Rare Illness Found in IL

Stock image of a sick child

Stock image of a sick child

DFLers Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith and Republicans Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging it to look into recent cases of AFM, a nervous system condition that weakens victim's muscles and causing other symptoms similar to polio. The initial symptoms of AFM in children include facial drooping, limb weakness and trouble in talking and swallowing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there have been a confirmed 38 cases across 16 states in 2018 so far.

AFM can occur as a result of a variety of germs including polio virus and non-polio enteroviruses, West Nile virus, and adenoviruses. For decades, Americans believed they had defeated this debilitating disease, but in 2014 a mysterious new disease called Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) emerged. In 2014, August, AFM first hit the US.

While fewer than 1 in a million people in the US are diagnosed with AFM each year, the CDC is concerned about the recurrent outbreaks, especially given the mysterious nature of the illness. The Department of Health is working with four public health agencies and experts in neurology from the CDC for confirmation of a rare illness known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Children have been attacked by this disease since September mid.

The six Minnesota children are all 10 and younger and are in the Twin Cities, central and northeastern Minnesota. The increase coincided with a national outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by a virus known as enterovirus D68. Unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM.

Five Potential Replacements For Jose Mourinho At Manchester United
The result is also said to have been the last straw as it relates to the decision on Mourinho's future at the club. I think of Louis Van Gaal being sacked on the evening of an [FA Cup] final and finding out from other people.

However, 11 of the Colorado cases of AFM have tested positive for EV A71, a rare type of enterovirus not usually seen in the USA but instead in Asia and other parts of the world, according to Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the Colorado state epidemiologist. This virus is transmitted from person to person and it can have severe effects of the brain and spinal cord of the system. "She went in for an X-ray and she couldn't hold her head up by herself anymore, which was very odd". Minnesota saw three AFM cases that year.

He emphasized that early work-up is helpful for finding the underlying cause of the AFM cases and added that most children eventually recover from the damage from the spinal cord inflammation.

The CDC says that there isn't a specific treatment for AFM, but neurological specialists might recommend physical or occupational therapy to help with arm or leg weakness.

"What we don't know is why these common cold symptoms, why in some individuals does it turn into AFM that's where the mystery lies", said Dr. Sinner.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.