CDC confirms 80 cases of polio-like disease

Leslie Hanson
November 8, 2018

The website statement on this issue says, "CDC has tested many different specimens from AFM patients for a wide range of pathogens (germs) that can cause AFM.To date, no pathogen (germ) has been consistently detected in the patients' spinal fluid; a pathogen detected in the spinal fluid would be good evidence to indicate the cause of AFM since this condition affects the spinal cord".

Another suspected case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis is being reviewed in the Pittsburgh area. "My goal with the children with AFM was to restore hip stability, and then motion of the upper legs", she said.

"While all your friends are running around and playing, it's hard to just sit in the bed and do nothing", said Brandon.

Nearly all instances of AFM occur in children under 18-years-old.

A team of researchers across the country are pooling efforts to try to find out why a select few kids out of the many infected with viruses develop AFM.

According to Dr. Moore, children typically respond best to this type of nerve transfer surgery because their nerves grow back faster and its most successful within nine months of diagnosis.

Dr Moore performed the surgery on Brandon's legs 14 months ago at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

During last week's check-up, Brandon was walking again. During Friday's check-up, Brandon said now he only uses his wheelchair to play basketball.


'Thanks to Miss Doctor Moore, I can go outside, play with my brothers, play football, ' he said.

The latest update on the polio-like condition show 219 reports of possible cases, with 80 of them confirmed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The CDC is continuing to look for ways to share information about AFM with healthcare officials nationwide in an effort to properly diagnose and treat children. The number of people sickened, mostly unvaccinated, exceeded the 2017 total of 120 in mid-August. The CDC has reports from 25 states of AFM.

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told CBS This Morning,"It doesn't appear to be transmissible from human to human". "I'm basing that on what we've seen in other years".

The CDC says it's still not clear what's causing all the cases.

"My intention is to give these families hope that there are options for their child if they get this disgusting diagnosis", said Dr. Moore.

Brandon says that terrible diagnosis brought him new basketball friends, and has inspired him to one day pursue a career in medicine.

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