"For now, DOH is staying up-to-date with the latest guidance shared with states by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding diagnosis and management of acute flaccid myelitis and continuing to monitor for any such cases", she said. "And only about five cases have been reported", Hicar said. The condition escalates quickly, and can begin with signs as innocuous as dizziness, trouble swallowing or trouble moving an arm. It can also be caused by poliovirus and non-polio enteroviruses, mosquito-borne viruses (such as West Nile virus or Zika virus) and possibly by non-infectious conditions.
There were about 15 cases reported in August 2018. The CDC has not released the list of states affected yet, though there are reports of the illness in Colorado and Minnesota, among others.
"We had a couple investigations of suspect cases in Hawaii, but no confirmed cases", she said. AFM or neurologic conditions like it have a variety of causes such as viruses, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders.
"We do not yet know the long-term effects of AFM", a CDC report said.
AFM looks very much like polio. "Roughly a third of the runny noses in that two-month period around the country were from this virus and we only had 150 cases". The Department's Wadsworth Laboratory is the only laboratory in the state that can confirm EV-D68. In the case of the Batavia child, doctors say Julia Payne contracted what's known as an enterovirus and that was the cause of her AFM. Most of the patients are children.
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Hicar encourages parents to get their children vaccinated to avoid potential illnesses this flu season.
There are no vaccines against either EV-D68 or EV-A71. "Among the people confirmed with AFM, CDC did not consistently detect EV-D68 in every patient", the CDC said.
Between August 2014 and August 2018, the CDC received information on a total of 362 confirmed cases of AFM nationwide.
The CDC says to wash hands regularly and thoroughly to protect against bacterial and viral infections, in general.