CDC: 127 suspected and confirmed cases of polio-like condition

US doctors baffled as rare spinal disease spreads across 22 states

Earlier this month, we reported that six children from Minnesota contracted a rare, polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which causes sudden paralyzing weakness in the arms and legs.

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This year a total of 127 cases of AFM have been confirmed or are under investigation in the United States, according to the CDC.

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.

Health officials do not know what's causing the increasing number of cases of AFM.

The peculiar illness causes weakness in the limbs, loss of muscle tone, and may also result in neck pain, headache, difficulty swallowing or breathing, and in the worst of cases, respiratory failure.

Dr. Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, a neurologist and director of the Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center, said that the mystery lies in whether the damage seen in AFM is caused by an external agent or the body's own defenses.

According to yesterday's warning issued by the CDC, the disease could be linked to environmental toxins, genetic disorders or other viruses such as West Nile. She said that most AFM cases occur in the late summer and fall.

"AFM is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system, causing muscles to weaken", the North Dakota Health Department said.

The Ohio Department of Health says it can not release information about suspected cases, or where the disease was reported.

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Once diagnosed, some patients have recovered quickly, but some continue to have paralysis and require ongoing care, Messonnier said. In addition, officials do not yet know the long-term effects of AFM.

There was a confirmed in the state case back in 2017 and one in 2016.

It takes some time to investigate each case, Messonnier said.

Ehresmann noted that the sudden onset of muscle weakness is the most obvious sign.

"As a parent myself, I understand what it's like to be scared for your child", she said.

The CDC encourages people to prevent the disease by staying up to date on vaccines, washing hands and protecting against mosquito bites.

"However, the CDC did not consistently detect EV-D68 in every child with confirmed AFM", he told Healthline in an email.

Officials have not determined a cause of the rare disease.

Most patients who get the polio-like condition are children and as we enter the cold and flu season, AFM is one more thing for parents to watch out for.

"Nobody really knows treatment protocols, they don't know prognosis, and they can't really give parents an answer as to where this is coming from", she said.

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