Rare polio-like disease is spreading — CDC


There are four possible cases of a polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in MI. "Three of these cases in MI are less than the age of 18". After all, cases of AFM vary in severity and ability to permanently paralyze a child.

At least 62 other cases of AFM have been confirmed in 22 states this year, the Associated Press reported earlier this month.

Incidents of the disease have increased in the USA this year, with more than than 60 cases confirmed and another 65 now under investigation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"(There are) four people that have signs of muscle inflammation, weakness or paralysis in certain areas", Wells told WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites on Tuesday.

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The CDC says the number of patients under investigation is up from 127 patients a week ago.

Dr. Adam Kassam emphasized that AFM is very uncommon. The three children affected in Georgia are also in that age range, state officials said.

There is no specific treatment for the illness, and kids who get AFM are primarily helped through physical therapy and adaptive solutions like wheelchairs or crutches once they're medically stable, Kassam said.