Health Department: 7th Case Of AFM Diagnosed In Minnesota

Leslie Hanson
October 18, 2018

For 3-year-old Camden Stravers, what his parents thought was the common cold developed into something far worse. "It's just mind blowing".

The Hill family is from Chattanooga.

Aamira Faircloth, 3, was admitted to the hospital Sunday and was in the intensive care unit Wednesday as doctors ran different tests and tried to treat the condition.

Acute flaccid myelitis first appeared in 2014, when 120 children across 34 states were stricken with mysterious muscle weakness.

Doctors expected him to be discharged on Friday. Ninety percent of those affected have been children.

"We certainly don't want to alarm people because it's very rare, but at the same time, I believe it's something that's best to have checked out". It involves clinical observation and then generally an MRI and somebody has to read the MRI and look for the gray matter in the spinal cord after that.

Some patients recover completely, while others continue to struggle with muscle weakness.

The CDC began tracking the illness in 2014 and has seen a spike in reports in August and September every 2 years, according to data on its website. However, the illness has been on the rise in the USA since 2014.

There is no known cause or treatment, a state Department of Public Health advisory said.

"Despite a lot of investigation by CDC and our partners, AFM remains a mystery disease", said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases for the CDC. We actually don't know what is causing this increase. "For some of the previous cases we've identified one pathogen or another, but we have no unifying diagnosis".

She said the CDC and research partners are casting a wide net trying to figure out what is causing the rise in cases, suggesting scientists have been looking at a variety of viruses and even environmental toxins in their search.

Symptoms of AFM include neck weakness or stiffness, drooping eyelids or a facial droop, and difficulty swallowing or slurred speech. We did swimming to help him as well. Enterovirus (EV) D68, a virus from the same family as polio, is the leading suspect, having been closely linked to the 2014 outbreak, Pardo-Villamizar said.

There is no specific treatment for the virus.

What can be done to prevent AFM?

Parents should seek immediate medical care for kids exhibiting AFM symptoms, Messonnier said at the press conference, according to STAT.

The CDC recommends that parents make sure their children are vaccinated, wash their hands regularly and use mosquito repellent when outdoors.

It's a debilitating, mystery illness.and it's spreading.

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