The Washington State Department of Health and four local public health agencies are investigating reports of five children hospitalized for sudden onset of paralysis of one or more limbs. Medical experts have said AFM itself is not believed to be contagious, but the causes of it could be.
"There are now two possible cases reported in 2018 that are under investigation", Brittany Fowler, a spokesperson for the Maryland health department, told NBC News.
The most severe symptom of AFM is respiratory failure that can happen when the muscles involved with breathing become weak.
Beto O'Rourke racks up record fundraising haul in Texas Senate bid
SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson says while O'Rourke's fundraising is headline-grabbing, it's not everything. Most polls in the state place his opponent, incumbent Republican Sen.
AFM is a condition that affects the nervous system and causes muscle weakness, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
At this point there isnt evidence that would point to a single source of illness among these cases, said Dr. Scott Lindquist, state infectious disease epidemiologist at the Department of Health.
The condition is not new, but officials started to see a rise in cases in 2014. In addition to the pair of cases at CHOP, three cases are also being treated in Pittsburgh, 6ABC reported. Since then, more than 350 cases of the illness have been reported in the USA over a four-year period.
WWE superstars reportedly uncomfortable about performing in Saudi Arabia
He fled the country in September 2017, and has not been since after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. A commercial for Crown Jewel aired and it mentioned the date and start time with no references to Saudi Arabia.
In 2014, 120 children were diagnosed with AFM. So far this year, there have been 38 cases in 16 states, the CDC says. "We know that some patients diagnosed with AFM have recovered quickly, and some continue to have paralysis and require ongoing care".
"Surveillance has shown us that AFM cases generally peak in the months of September and October", the Nevada state health department said in a bulletin sent to healthcare providers in August.
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.
Rally in Chicago against the policy "anti-women" of Trump
Following arguably the biggest - and hardest fought - victory of his controversy-strewn presidency, Trump was crowing. Women's March Chicago said it was targeting the "anti-woman agenda of the White House and the Republican Party".
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.
- Sears files for bankruptcy, deserted by shoppers and mired in debt
- Three dead, International Monetary Fund summit shaken as strong quake hits Indonesia
- Financial Times reports: UK PM Theresa May says Brexit deal is close
- PH reelection to United Nations rights council 'condemnable,' puts 'pressure on govt'
- ‘Strong evidence’ Elizabeth Warren may be a little Native American after all
- Saudi Arabia ready to concede writer was killed in consulate
- James Murdoch favorite to replace Elon Musk as Tesla chairman
- German police suspect hostage has been taken in Cologne
- Selena Gomez checks into mental health institution
- Trump Secures Pastor Brunson's Release