State health officials investigating 5th suspected case of polio-like disease

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is concerned about Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a serious condition that causes weakness in the arms or legs.

The disease is called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

The cases are spread out across the country, for instance it is not showing geographic clustering in the appearances in 2014, 2016, and 2018. Most of the cases have been children. "Overall, the rate of AFM over the years that it has been diagnosed which is since 2014 is less than one in a million".

"This remains a rare syndrome, but the similarities to poliomyelitis, polio-like illness, are concerning and bear close monitoring", says Dr Todd Ellerin, director of infectious diseases at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, according to Yahoo!

It is also unclear who could be at higher risk of developing AFM, Messonnier said.

From August 2014 through September 2018, the CDC has received information on a total of 386 confirmed cases of AFM across the United States. It affects the spinal cord, resulting in loss of muscle tone and weakened reflexes, as well as facial drooping, difficulty moving eyes, difficulty swallowing, and slurred speech, according to the CDC.

"But that said, because we are seeing quite a few more cases than we would normally see, we certainly want our colleagues ... to be aware of what to look for", he said of other practitioners and hospitals.

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"It was one of the most horrific experiences of my life", said Palacios, of Columbus, Georgia.

One linking thread is the timing, with the peak of the condition coming late in the summer and early autumn.

"They ran every test known to mankind", Palacios said. This can require urgent ventilator support (breathing machine).

Still, the 2-year-old will be returning home in a wheelchair. We don't fully understand the long-term consequences of AFM.

"So I began to feel a tingling in my hands and pain in my neck and within five minutes I couldn't walk", she said.

For both groups of patients, he has found that aggressive physical therapy starting soon after hospitalization, including electrically stimulating muscles to force them to contract, leads to the best recoveries. "We know that some kids have great recovery and recover really quickly, and other kids continue to have a lot of weakness going forward, but we haven't determined what factors decide which kids fall into which category yet".

"No parent should ever have to experience that".

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