Mystery Illness Causing Paralysis in Children Baffles Doctors

1 Case of Polio Like Disease Discovered in Clark County

As of Tuesday, 62 cases of what doctors are calling acute flaccid myelitis have been confirmed in 22 states. PHAC is monitoring CDC updates, however, "We haven't found anything in Canada yet", said Dr. Tim Booth, director of the viral diseases division of Canada's National Microbiology Lab.

USA health officials on Tuesday reported a jump in cases of AFM. Of those, 30 states said they had cases that were confirmed, suspected or being investigated - including 15 states that said they had confirmed cases in 2018.

The spikes were significantly higher in 2014, 2016 and 2018-to-date than in 2015 or 2017. The average age of patients is 4.

In some cases patients recover from the paralysis, but in others it continues. Although the cause remains a mystery in the majority of cases, the 2014 jump coincided with "a national outbreak of severe respiratory illness among people caused by enterovirus D68", though it wasn't found in all patients, according to the CDC.

Messonnier called it a "pretty dramatic disease".

In addition to the sudden onset of muscle weakness, the state public health department said slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty moving the eyes can also be experienced by patients.

Some victims have been infected with viruses, but researchers have been unable to identify a single virus responsible for all cases. Outbreaks appear to follow an every-other-year pattern with another sharp rise in 2016, primarily in late summer and early fall.

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A 3-year-old girl was admitted to Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville for a polio-like disease that federal health authorities confirmed had reached 386 cases through Tuesday, mainly affecting children. It affects fewer than one in a million people each year across the country, the CDC estimates.

About 90 percent of the cases are children who have suffered muscle weakness or paralysis, including in the face, neck, back or limbs.

Benson said she's hopeful there won't be a lot more cases in MA since the season is likely coming to a close.

"As a parent myself, I understand what it is like to be scared for your child. And certainly after three cycles of this, when we've looked through all the normal agents, we're looking beyond that to see if there are things beyond normal infectious diseases that could cause this", said Messonnier.

Unfortunately health officials do not know the cause of AFM or the long-term effects.

Undoubtedly - if vaccinations are indeed the cure for certain diseases - citizens in the United States who refuse the shots bring risk to their communities as a whole. WRCB reports that Spencer received intense steroid infusions to help stop the spread of paralysis. Muscles and reflexes are weakened, and some patients are left paralyzed. Testing of affected children has turned up a smattering of infections - some by enteroviruses, which is the broad family to which polioviruses belong, but also rhinoviruses, which cause head colds.

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