2 cases of polio-like illness confirmed in Wisconsin

2 cases of polio-like illness confirmed in Wisconsin

Although the number of acute flaccid myelitis cases has been widely talked about over the past two weeks, Dr. Thomas Kerkering, director of infectious control and chief of Carilion's infectious disease section, said AFM, which is similar to a flu strain actually resurfaces every other year.

There is no specific treatment for the disorder, and long-term outcomes are unknown.

"AFM is a rare, but serious condition that affects the nervous system".

In 2014 the CDC said there was a spike in the AFM virus, with 120 people afflicted with it from August to December of that year in 34 states.

Five children in Maryland have contracted symptoms of an illness similar to polio this fall, according to state health officials.

Acute flaccid myelitis can be caused by viruses, such as polio or West Nile.

James Hill of Lakeville, Minn., said his son, Quinton, suffered typical cold symptoms at the start of one school week in September.

"At this moment, we don't know if it's a virus that is coming and producing direct damage of the gray matter in the spinal cord", he said, "or if a virus is triggering immunological responses that produce a secondary damage in the spinal cord".

AFM can cause weakness and pain in the arms and legs. That occurs if the muscles involved with breathing become weakened. "There are a few viruses that can do this", she said.

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.

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In total, CNN found 47 confirmed cases and 49 more that were suspected or being investigated, for a total of 96. "Past year 49 people in Louisville died from the flu - so get your children (6 months and older) and yourself immunized against the flu".

"As a parent myself, I understand what it is like to be scared for your child".

"Early intervention is definitely always helpful".

"We don't know who may be at higher risk for developing AFM or the reasons why they may be at higher risk".

Why is it being described as polio-like?

The disease is being called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, and although researchers suspect that it's caused by a virus, no virus has yet been discovered that's associated with the condition.

"What we have been told is that he's the best case scenario of a hard situation", she said.

AFM is still extremely rare. "And it didn't feel rare during those clusters on a neurology ward, but in between those clusters, we really don't see this condition often at all". Kerkering said the typical season for the illness has just begun.

What are the symptoms to watch for?

Fifteen states said they'd confirmed cases this year. The most severe symptom is respiratory failure. "Those are the biggest, first signs that there's something going on".

The other three suspected cases in Arkansas are in Central Arkansas and Southwest Arkansas. "The only thing within people's control is good infection control".

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