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Columbus child confirmed with rare polio-like illness

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Melissa Porter | 27 October, 2018, 21:21

"Even with an increase in cases since 2014, AFM remains a very rare condition". The CDC has confirmed 386 cases since it began tracking the condition in 2014. "It means you have established that it is plausible that a virus does behave in this way", he said.What's missing is the surveillance needed to show that outbreaks of EV-D68 were large enough to account for the increases in cases of AFM in 2016 and now in 2018, and that most patients with AFM were also infected with EV-D68.Test quickly to catch the virusThere's also a need to find out what other viruses might be causing cases.

Canadian health officials report 33 total cases-18 confirmed and 15 being investigated as of this week.

For more information, visit the CDC's AFM information page. The CDC says the cause could be a viral or triggered by an environmental toxin, or something else.

The CDC has a hunch that AFM can be caused by other viruses like enterovirus or west nile virus. It affects the nervous system, specifically the area of spinal cord called gray matter, which causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. He also said probably only the most severe cases are being reported. Occasionally symptoms are accompanied by facial weakness or drooping. If you notice this, please bring your child to the nearest emergency department immediately.

"Yes it is rare, but it is happening more than the numbers say", Young said.

"You should be concerned, because it is spreading". The vast majority of people who catch these viruses will suffer only mild respiratory infections or stomach bugs.

"We don't know a lot about the long-term prognosis of AFM right now".

Treatment is not clearly established yet, but depending on symptoms, some children are treated with IVIG (immune globulin), steroids, or plasmapheresis. Starting physical and occupational therapy early in the course of the disease and continuing rehabilitation for as long as physical deficits remain is crucial.

"I think it is worrisome especially when we're not sure what's causing it", Dr. Bhargava says.

The CDC has not confirmed the ten cases in IL are actually AFM yet, but IDPH expects confirmation in the next couple weeks.

Once someone is diagnosed with AFM, what are the prospects for recovery? Sometimes the condition has no known cause. Very young children have a habit of touching everything or putting anything in their mouth.

At this time, experts have not seen any correlation with children who are vaccinated versus unvaccinated who are contracting AFM.