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The CDC reports that between August 2014 to September 2018, 386 cases of acute flaccid myelitis have been confirmed in the U.S., making the sudden recent spike more worrying.

Oakland County Health Division is monitoring the nationwide occurrence of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which is a rare, serious condition that is not fully understood. Thus far in 2018, there have been 62 confirmed cases of AFM, mostly in children.

CBC News has learned that three cases of a rare, polio-like disease have presented at the London Health Sciences Centre's (LHSC) Children's Hospital since early September. You are significantly more likely to be struck by lightning (about 1 in 14,600 people are, according to the National Weather Service) than to contract AFM, which affects less than one in 1 million people.

Rodney E. Rohde, chair of the Texas State University Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program, is closely following AFM reports coming out of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Numbness or tingling is rare in people with AFM, although some people have pain in their arms or legs.

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Whether the paralysis is ongoing depends on the patient, the CDC stated, because some have recovered quickly while others required continued care. Midwest states make up 40 percent of all confirmed cases including IL with 10 confirmed cases.

The Minnesota Department of Health announced it's working with the CDC to figure out the big question: What's causing AFM?

"If we don't know what causes it, we don't know how to treat it", Dr. Vogel said. "All of the cases of AFM diagnosed since 2014 have tested negative for polio". "You can see enterovirus particles in the motor neurons."It's not proof, Tyler said".

Shah says the best thing parents can do is to "continue being good parents". But for other viruses, other types of bacteria that can cause an illness very similar to this, we do have ways of preventing them. The CDC says the cause could be a viral or triggered by an environmental toxin, or something else. There are 155 possible cases of AFM being investigated across the country. "And, if your children develop weakness in their arms or their legs, especially if they've had a cold, take them to their doctor immediately".

Sutfin says parents should protect their children against mosquito bites, and make sure they are up to date on their vaccines, as well as encourage frequent handwashing.


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