MI has four cases of suspected acute flaccid myelitis

CDC Investigating More Cases of Polio Like Syndrome			Pexels		23 Oct 2018

CDC Investigating More Cases of Polio Like Syndrome Pexels 23 Oct 2018

The CDC has confirmed 386 cases since it began tracking the condition in 2014.

"We don't know what caused the increase in AFM cases starting in 2014", the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. The university's CLS program prepares students for a career as clinical laboratory scientists who will play a major role in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. "These things tend to circulate in the fall and early winter months", Rohde said. Additionally, the symptoms are similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including poliovirus; however, all AFM patients have tested negative for poliovirus.

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AFM affects a person's nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, causing weakness in one or more limbs. "We continue to investigate to better understand the clinical picture of AFM cases, risk factors and possible causes of the increase in cases".

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

The Minnesota Department of Health announced it's working with the CDC to figure out the big question: What's causing AFM?

Many confirmed cases have been children, with the average age 4 years old.

Lynn Sutfin is a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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The disease is a rare but serious condition that can cause paralysis.

The most severe symptom of AFM is respiratory failure that can happen when the muscles involved with breathing become weak, which can require urgent ventilator support. That is roughly 50 percent more than have already been confirmed. "It is a public health phenomenon. We should reflect on this as a moment to remember the function and importance of vaccinations".

Palacios says she wants answers to what causes AFM, and how to prevent and treat it - for Abigail, and for other families who have been affected by it. Very young children have a habit of touching everything or putting anything in their mouth. "You can see enterovirus particles in the motor neurons."It's not proof, Tyler said".

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