2-year-old being treated for rare polio-like disease in Chicago

2-year-old being treated for rare polio-like disease in Chicago

Most of the cases that CDC has learned about have been in children.

The children are from King, Pierce, Snohomish and Lewis counties, the health department said. The children are residents of King County (2), Pierce County (1), Lewis County (1), and Snohomish County (1) - the additional case is from Skagit County.

AFM is a weakening of the nerves that causes partial paralysis in children.

The Department of Health sent a notice to public health departments for distribution to healthcare providers across the state to be alert for other suspected AFM cases.

On Wednesday, theIllinois Department of Public Health announced it was investigating nine recent cases of AFM in patients under the age of 18, all of which are reportedly limited to "northern Illinois".

AFM has a variety of causes, the CDC said, including genetic disorders, viruses and environmental toxins. The child was hospitalized for five days and given intensive outpatient physical therapy, according to the report.

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AFM is a polio-like illness that affects a person's nervous system, including the spinal cord.

"We do not yet know the long-term effects of AFM", a CDC report said. "This is certainly the largest outbreak of enterovirus A71 we've seen in Colorado". Some people with AFM may be unable to urinate.

It resembles polio, but unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM. From August 2014 through August 2018, the CDC has been notified of 362 cases of the illness, mostly in children.

"You have to get in there by eight to 12 months to fix the nerve, otherwise the nerve loses its connection to the muscle and at that point you run the risk of not being able to reverse the paralysis", said Seruya. In addition to the pair of cases at CHOP, three cases are also being treated in Pittsburgh, 6ABC reported. There is now no cure for AFM and the exact cause is uncertain.

There have been 38 confirmed cases in 16 states so far.

The health department says there are no specific recommendations for avoiding AFM, but washing your hands, avoiding close contact with sick people, cleaning surfaces with disinfectants, and staying up-to-date on immunizations is recommended.

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