Klobuchar asks CDC to investigate cases of rare, polio-like illness

Leslie Hanson
October 11, 2018

The children are residents of King County, Pierce County, Lewis County and Snohomish County. "As AFM affects mostly children and has no known cure, it is imperative that CDC conduct an expedited investigation and response to AFM infections".

Since the CDC began tracking AFM in 2014, 362 cases have been reported in the United States, 38 of them reported across 16 states this year.

"It is a little concerning". "The CDC has been asking us to pay attention to this for quite a while".

"These are all children under five", said Chas DeBolt, a senior epidemiologist for vaccine-preventable disease at the Department of Health.

DeBolt says AFM seems to come in cycles.

There was a national uptick in AFM cases in 2014. All but one happened around October.

In 2017, three cases and five so far in 2018.


The cause is unclear.

"I just felt so sad for him, that this thing we didn't know about and couldn't protect him from had happened and had taken a lot away from him", Michael Young said.

The department of health says the main symptom to look for is a sudden loss of feeling in arms and legs.

"It's extremely uncommon this is not something that parents should be concerned about sending their children from school or anything but it's time to get back to the basics of how we prevent viruses from spreading", Dr.

Debolt says a number of other factors could cause limb weakness instead of AFM, so it's important to seek medical care.

AFM is a rare but serious condition that has been compared with polio because it, too, can lead to paralysis and, in some cases, death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "She hasn't done that since she was a baby", said mother Katy Payne.

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