Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Columbus, GA child confirmed with rare polio-like illness

Columbus, GA child confirmed with rare polio-like illness

Nationwide, 62 cases of the disease have been confirmed this year.

Doctors and researchers don't know how or why AFM shows up in children or why cases occur in the late summer and fall. Most of the cases involve children, and while the CDC says it doesn't know the cause of a lot of them, it is urging parents to practice disease-prevention steps, such as ensuring their children are up to date on vaccines, washing their hands, and protected from mosquito bites. "Her whole body was paralyzed", said Palacios.

Confirmed AFM cases that CDC has been made aware of as of October 16, 2018. According to its website, from August 2014 through September 2018 there have been a total of 386 confirmed cases of AFM in the United States.

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Health experts described it as a rare polio-like disease.

Dr. John Christenson is a professor of clinical pediatrics at Riley's Children's Health in Indianapolis. "Even though it's rare, at the moment you can't be as concerned", Brooks said. The CDC is also exploring environmental toxins or genetic factors as a possibility. "The one thing that can be unsafe is because it affects the respiratory system", says Kirkland. "And, if your children develop weakness in their arms or their legs, especially if they've had a cold, take them to their doctor immediately". You are significantly more likely to be struck by lightning (about 1 in 14,600 people are, according to the National Weather Service) than to contract AFM, which affects less than one in 1 million people. There are 155 possible cases of AFM being investigated across the country. Parents can also help protect their children by encouraging hand washing, staying up to date on recommended vaccines and using insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites. Additionally, the symptoms are similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including poliovirus; however, all AFM patients have tested negative for poliovirus.

This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health.

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