The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that health care providers in the state have reported nine clinically-diagnosed cases of a rare condition that afflicts the nervous system, in particular the spinal cord. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, symptoms include sudden muscle weakness in the arms or legs, sometimes following a respiratory illness, neck weakness or stiffness, drooping eyelids or a facial droop, and difficulty swallowing or slurred speech.
During 2015, CDC did not receive information about large EV-D68 outbreaks in the United States, and laboratories reported only limited EV-D68 detections to CDC's National Enterovirus Surveillance System (NESS). Children have been attacked by this disease since September mid.
Even with an increase in cases since 2014, AFM is considered a very rare condition, with fewer than 1 in 1 million people in the USA getting the illness, the CDC said.
Between August 2014 and August 2018, the CDC received information on a total of 362 confirmed cases of AFM nationwide.
AFM is thought to happen after someone contracts a virus, like poliovirus, West Nile virus, or adenovirus, the CDC says. AFM can cause paralysis that can prove deadly if the patient loses the ability to breathe on their own.
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The number of cases of the illness, also known as AFM, is the highest in the state since 2014, when there were three reported cases, the health authorities said. In severe cases, children might have trouble breathing and need a ventilator because of muscle weakness. The agency is also studying AFM outbreaks to better understand the condition and uring healthcare providers to be vigilant about its symptoms.
Individuals diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) experience different issues due to largely gray matter involvement during recovery than traditional transverse myelitis with spastic paralysis. Doctors found a clue to what was wrong from an MRI scan.
Doctors now don't know a lot about how AFM spreads. One possible way it can develop is from viral infections. There are no specific treatments for AFM, so doctors may decide on certain treatments on a case-by-case basis.
For example, a neurologist may recommend physical or occupational therapy to help with arm or leg weakness.
You can protect against bites from mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus, by using mosquito repellent, staying indoors at dusk and dawn (when bites are more common), and removing standing or stagnant water near your home (where mosquitoes can breed). Learn about when and how to wash your hands. As usual with treatment of transverse myelitis, treatment must be individualized.