Several Kids Develop a Rare Polio-like Illness Across US

by Iswarya on  October 15, 2018 at 12:17 PM Child Health News
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Children across multiple states in the US are being affected by a rare polio-like illness called Acute Flaccid Myelitis, or AFM. 38 cases of AFM has been reported until now.
Several Kids Develop a Rare Polio-like Illness Across US
Several Kids Develop a Rare Polio-like Illness Across US

The spike of this mysterious disease which made the headlines first in the year 2014 is being scrutinized by the Centers for Disease Control.

This disease usually occurs in children up to 10 years of age, and it mainly affects the reflexes, muscular function, and spinal cord. According to CDC, AFM can cause paralysis, muscle weakness, respiratory failure or even death.

AFM impacts one out of each million in the United States per year. While the causes are unknown, the CDC does say that the genetic conditions, environmental toxins or viral infections can play a part in its development.

Source: Medindia

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