The Health Department of Pennsylvania asks medical professionals to report any suspected cases immediatelyGentle inflammation of the senses is as sweet as a number of cases of a polio-like virus Continues to grow throughout the country.
At Tuesday's briefing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention He said there were nine0 confirmed cases (and 162 additional cases) of AFM, a A rare but serious condition in the nervous system, in 27 countries this year. Most of the cases were children, especially between 2 and 8 years, with almost all patients reporting fever and / or respiratory disease three to ten days before organ weakness. In almost all patients, the upper limb was involved. About half of them were involved only in the upper limb. The disease can paralyze healthy children within hours.
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No deaths have been reported so far.
Cases of AFM have been approved in the United States since 2014. Most cases reported this year came from August to October.
The CDC reports that primary symptoms include rapid onset of muscle weakness in one or more extremities, along with abnormalities in the gray spinal fluid, which will be visible in MRI. These symptoms are most common in patients aged 21 years.
Moreover, the CDC determined that more than 90% of patients with AFM had mild respiratory disease or fever consistent with viral infection before developing the condition. The CDC said Coxsackievirus A16, EV-A71, and EV-D68 had been detected in the spinal fluid of four of 414 confirmed AFM cases since 2014. This could certainly indicate a virus cause, but some patients lack the pathogen, so no cause Absolute.
The CDC has been criticized in recent days by parents who say the agency deliberately oppresses the severity of the disease by not publicly acknowledging two deaths, one May and one in September, CNN reported.
"I feel like they're just a coating of sugar," Katie Bostamante told CNN. Her son Alex, 6, died in May. "It eliminates my confidence in the CDC."
The CDC website includes "AFM Investigation"A page that is updated from time to time.