Health Department: 7th Case Of AFM Diagnosed In Minnesota

Cases of Mysterious Paralyzing Illness Acute Flaccid Myelitis Reported in 22 states

Cases of Mysterious Paralyzing Illness Acute Flaccid Myelitis Reported in 22 states

Ninety percent of people with AFM are 18 or younger, and the average age of AFM patients is four years old, Buzzfeed notes.

While officials aren't clear of the exact cause, they say it can occur as a result of a variety of viral illnesses including the polio virus, enteroviruses, West Nile virus and adenoviruses.

A risky and rare disease that's similar to the polio virus is on the rise in the United States, and it has health officials baffled.

It takes some time to investigate each case, Messonnier said.

"I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts we haven't been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness", she said.
According to data supplied by the CDC, the illness seems to spike around the month of September.

The CDC said it doesn't know how long symptoms of the disease will last for patients.

The long-term effects of the disease are also unknown.

Neurological conditions like it have a variety of causes, such as viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders.

From August 2014 through September 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received information on a total of 386 confirmed cases of AFM across the U.S.; most of the cases have occurred in children.

Pardo-Villamizar said, "We don't know if the virus is attacking directly the spinal cord, or if the immune response against the virus is producing the damage to the spinal cord". "All of a sudden, 'Mommy I can't zip my trousers".

AFM remains extremely rare, even with the recent increase.

Acute flaccid myelitis typically causes weakness in the arms and legs, but can affect other muscle groups.

Possible causes being considered include viruses that affect the digestive system called enteroviruses, and possibly strains of rhinoviruses, which cause the common cold, she said.

Another 65 cases nationwide are under investigation for AFM by the CDC.

There is no known single cause of AFM, whose symptoms include weakness in the arms or legs and sometimes paralysis. "It causes fever illnesses in the summer and fall, often associated with rashes".

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Most of these patients are children. Yet, experts still do not understand crucial aspects of the disease, including its origins and who is most at risk.

That's up from 22 people who were said to have it in 2015. To date, no pathogen has been consistently detected in AFM patients.

It is "a pretty dramatic disease", but fortunately most kids recover, Messonnier said.

One child has died from the condition. "So we're very lucky that he had (physical therapy) through early intervention". Make sure your children wash their hands, make sure you wash your hands, and cough into your elbow.

20, the CDC had confirmed 38 cases in 16 states, which aren't required to report AFM cases to the CDC.

Cases have been reported in 22 states, including some in our area.

This article was originally published by The Washington Post.