Brenton Nesemeier, a field epidemiologist with the North Dakota Department of Health, says little is still known about AFM.
So far this year the CDC confirmed 62 cases in 22 states.
"There is a lot we don't know about AFM and I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts, we haven't been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness", Nancy Messonnier, a top official at the Centers for Disease Control, said Tuesday. I can't write.' Then you see him fall and his legs give out.
So what exactly is AFM?
Still, because this is a "pretty dramatic disease", Messonnier said health officials want to raise awareness about the symptoms to make sure parents seek medical care immediately if their children show a sudden onset of weakness in their arms and legs.
There is no specific treatment for AFM.
She added that confirmation of each case requires a review of MRI images and symptoms, "so there is going to be a bit of a lag as we confirm those things".
While just one person in a million gets it every year, it's a growing health concern.
"Getting vaccinated, taking precaution against mosquitoes, washing hands-all of these things are recommended by the CDC", Narula said.
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Why is AFM likened to polio?
Although some AFM patients tested positive for an enterovirus, indicating a possible link, not all had the virus.
And if you're traveling somewhere warm, wear that bug spray.
Ellerin said the staff at his hospital has been trained to recognize symptoms, and he encourages medical centers to train employees similarly before it's too late.
No one knows how the disease is spreading, Gupta said.
States reporting suspected cases or cases under investigation are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Washington. Maryland's first case was reported September 21.
The Department of Public Health has confirmed the second MA case this year of a rare but potentially devastating illness that strikes mostly children and causes muscle weakness or paralysis.
Parents and caregivers across the country are growing concerned following recent reports of a mysterious, polio-like illness.
On the CDC's website, it lists symptoms of the disease, which include facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech. So far, from stool samples collected from patients, they have ruled out both west Nile virus and polio virus as causes of AFM. This confirmation may take weeks. The CDC is now investigating a potential case of AFM in New Hampshire, an official said Wednesday. Specifically, the disease affects the area of the spinal cord called gray matter. Doctors can recommend physical or occupational therapy to help with arm or leg weakness.