Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
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Polio-Like Disease AFM Is Affecting Kids Around the Country

Polio-Like Disease AFM Is Affecting Kids Around the Country

Two cases were reported in King County. Three other cases were reported in Pierce, Lewis, and Snohomish counties. She was later diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis and has been undergoing treatment for the last month at Lurie Children's Hospital. "As AFM affects mostly children and has no known cure, it is imperative that CDC conduct an expedited investigation and response to AFM infections", Klobuchar wrote.

All the children showed systems of a respiratory illness the week before developing symptoms of AFM. Her pediatric intensive care doctor says the road to recovery will be a long one with much physical therapy.

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, an epidemiologist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told Fox News most of 2018's confirmed Colorado cases happened in mid- to late August and September.

AFM is a rare but serious condition that has been compared with polio because it, too, can lead to paralysis and, in some cases, death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"They may have a little bit of a facial droop similar to what we see with a bell's palsy because those muscles are affected".

It resembles polio, but unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM.

"But just because you catch the virus from somebody that developed AFM, doesn't mean that you will also develop AFM", Dr. Meade explained.

The CDC estimates that less than a million people will get AFM every year in the United States.

The CDC says it got information on 362 cases of the illness in the US from August 2014 through August 2018. Back in 2016, Washington state had 10 cases of AFM. Practices such as regular hand-washing are recommended.

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