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CDC investigates Polio-like cases

14 October 2018, 11:41 | Melissa Porter

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia reports two recent cases of polio-like illness

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The new condition causes paralysis, according to a report by NBC News, and has affected mostly children so far.

The cause of the condition is unknown.

UH said both patients have been discharged, but the Ohio Department of Health and the CC are continuing to monitor the illness.

There was a cluster of nine cases of AFM in Washington state back in 2016 and three cases previous year. Julia has been in the pediatric intensive care unit at Lurie Children's Hospital for weeks now where she is on a respirator and using a feeding tube because she is unable to swallow.

"It's very hard to understand what kids are going to react this way and which aren't", Malakooti said earlier this week. The cause of any individual case of AFM can be hard to determine, and often, no cause is found. CDC specialists will make the final determination if these cases are AFM. It can also be caused by poliovirus and non-polio enteroviruses, mosquito-borne viruses (such as West Nile virus or Zika virus) and possibly by non-infectious conditions.

The CDC began tracking the cases in 2014 after seeing an uptick in the number of cases. There were about 15 cases reported in August 2018. "We're working closely with medical providers and public health agencies".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is concerned about a Polio-like condition with 38 reported cases nationwide this year in 16 states.

Since Orville Young, a 4 year old in Minnesota, fell ill with a fever in July, CBS News reported, he has experienced difficulties moving his right arm - sometimes experiencing full paralysis - and was diagnosed with AFM.

EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness, or no symptoms at all.

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