(Mirror Daily, United States) Doctors are concerned about the paralysis symptoms affecting children in the US. They have recently been treating a significant number of cases across twenty-four states. Specialists associate the symptoms with a polio-like condition.
Heath experts admit that whatever it is that affects the children in the U.S. is quite different from conditions that they had dealt with before. As the disease is quite similar to poliomyelitis, it can strike without notice.
Statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that most of the patients are children. Only ten percent of the registered cases involved adult patients.
This rare disease is called Acute Flaccid Myelitis. Heath experts keep track of it for two years. However, they observed that the number of cases has been increasing recently. One hundred twenty cases were reported in 2014. There were fewer cases in the next year, namely twenty-one. Doctors hoped that the virus backed down, but more cases emerged this year. So far, fifty Acute Flaccid Myelitis cases have been reported.
Researchers who carefully investigated the disease think that it is caused by Enterovirus D68. Specialists explain that these viruses are not always dangerous. Sometimes they can merely trigger colds. However, they also cause severe conditions, like Acute Flaccid Myelitis.
The rare disease affecting children in the U.S. causes a paralysis state. It weakens the patients’ muscles. In most of the cases, their legs are affected. However, their arms and neck muscles can also be affected.
Specialists advise parents not to neglect signs of cold in their children. Acute Flaccid Myelitis is associated with cold symptoms, as well as the weakness of the limbs. If children experience such symptoms, they should be urgently taken to the doctor.
As far as prevention means are concerned, doctors offer a few useful guidelines. Children shouldn’t contact other sick people, as the disease is contagious. Parents are also advised to instruct kids always to wash their hands.
There is not a specialized cure for Acute Flaccid Myelitis. Doctors had cases when individuals reacted differently to the same medicine. It also happened with members of the same family. This leads experts to believe that genetics might influence the disease one way or another. There is a reasonable chance for patients to fully recover, but there are also cases when it didn’t happen.
Hospitals expect that more AFM cases will emerge by the end of the year. However, they are not concerned about the possibility of an epidemic.
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