More Cases of Polio-Like Illness Reported
CDC REPORTS 127 CASES OF AFM, POLIO-LIKE ILLNESS, UNDER INVESTIGATION IN U.S.
Minneapolis, MN (WCCO) – A rare polio-like disease that causes paralysis is affecting children across the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday 127 cases are under investigation.
The medical name is acute flaccid myelitis, or, AFM and it’s a growing health concern.
The 62 confirmed cases occurred in 22 states.
More than 90% are in patients 18 or younger with an average age of 4 years old.
The CDC said AFM could have several possible causes that could be environmental, genetic, or viral.
And despite its similarities to polio, there’s currently no vaccine.
It’s important to note the illness is rare, but prevention techniques are still encouraged.
Just like you would for the flu or common cold, cover your mouth when you cough, sneeze into your elbow, and wash your hands frequently.