IL investigating 9 ‘sporadic’ cases of polio-like illness in children


CDC did not name the states, but health officials in Colorado said they had 14 cases in 2018 and officials in Minnesota confirmed six.

The Washington Department of Heath says all the children are 6 or younger. The children are residents of King County (2), Pierce County (1), Lewis County (1), and Snohomish County (1).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention diagnosed the poliolike condition known as acute flaccid myelitis, which causes paralysis and difficulty swallowing.

The number of cases has been increasing since 2014 with a total of 362. They include a sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes.

The state Health Department says the enterovirus EV-D68 typically causes a runny nose and body aches, and only rarely leads to AFM. Lurie Children's Hospital has treated at least two of the children diagnosed with AFM, but it had not received any additional AFM patients as of Friday.

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"All suspected cases are sent to the CDC for review by their neurologists", said Lara Anton of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Well continue to investigate and share information when we have it.

The CDC said that the patients' symptoms have been most similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including poliovirus, non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and West Nile virus. However, it recommends practicing disease prevention measures, including staying up-to-date on vaccines and protecting yourself from mosquito bites.

"All parents must take simple steps to protect their children, especially those who are immune-compromised or have respiratory problems, to avoid becoming infected", said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. It again increased in 2016, with 149 cases confirmed in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

OR hasn't had any cases of AFM this year.

The virus that causes polio has been eradicated in most of the world by vaccination, but regular epidemics once swept through, paralyzing thousands of children.