UPMC confirms 3 suspected cases of rare disease that paralyzes children

11 Octubre, 2018, 13:02 | Author: Earnest Bishop
  • 6 Minnesota kids diagnosed with rare, polio-like disease

In a letter to the CDC, Klobuchar asked the director to share the organization's plan to address the infections.

CDC specialists will make the final call on whether these cases are in fact AFM.

Other AFM symptoms may include: facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech. These symptoms are remarkably similar to polio or the West Nile Virus.

On Tuesday, Sen. Klobuchar sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging them to investigate and respond to the recent increase in AFM cases.

The CDC must review case information to confirm the cases under observation in Pittsburgh, a process which could take a few weeks, Scarpino said.

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Since Sept. 20, six children under the age of 10 have been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a serious nervous system condition that is believed to affect the spinal cord and gray matter, causing muscle weakness, which can lead to paralysis, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. It's also known as 'AFM'. All of those patients were under the age of 10 and were hospitalized around the middle of September, according to an October 5 news release.

"While all the patients were hospitalized, almost all have fully recovered", the department stressed.

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.

"There's a sudden onset of weakness in the arm, leg, face, or the muscles that help us swallow and that we use to speak", says Dr. Amaran Moodley from the Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

Most people will instead experience things like a cold, a rash, diarrhea or hand, foot and mouth disease, she explained.

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