Polio-Like Condition in Kids on Rise Again in US

6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disease

6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disease

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

The reported IL cases are preliminary diagnoses and only the U.S. Centers for Disease Control can confirm the diagnosis, according to Arnold.

It has been compared to polio because the condition can also lead to paralysis.

Additionally, the CDC has found a possible link between an increase in a respiratory virus and an increase of AFM.

The Texas Health Department confirms one case in Harris County and one in Galveston County.

With hope, further investigation will address this unnerving uptick in AFM cases, preventing even more little ones from suffering around the country. By the end of that year, 120 people had been diagnosed in 34 states.

While there is no cure for the virus, neurologists can recommend treatments. AFM causes patients' muscles to weaken and symptoms include sudden muscle weakness in the arms or legs, neck weakness or stiffness, drooping eyelids or a facial droop, difficulty swallowing or slurred speech. Since then, more than 350 cases of the illness have been reported in the USA over a four-year period.

Since 2015, when IL began monitoring reports of AFM in the state, four confirmed cases have been identified. He was among those who treated a 12-year-old boy diagnosed last month with AFM at a Minneapolis hospital.

Four of the five children had a fever of 100.4 or greater.

AFM is a rare condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord. The cells that are killed during the illness don't regenerate and the damage to the cells is irreversible, Schleiss explained. One in three patients at Cook Children's has seen an improvement by doing physical therapy. Another medical expert said surgery was an option in severe cases. "She hasn't done that since she was a baby", said mother Katy Payne.

Even with extensive lab testing, AFM is hard to diagnose, because it so similar to other conditions, including poliovirus, West Nile virus and adenoviruses, the CDC reports.

If you or your child develops any of these symptoms, you should seek medical care right away. "We want to be better to better understand the epidemiology of the disease". "Most kids just have a fever for a couple of days and maybe a rash or diarrhea".