Illinois Reports Another Case Of The Polio-Like Illness AFM

Pearl Mccarthy
October 16, 2018

They had symptoms of a respiratory illness in the week before developing symptoms of AFM.

The CDC says to wash hands regularly and thoroughly to protect against bacterial and viral infections, in general. The exact cause of the illness is not known.

The Department of Health sent a notice to public health departments for distribution to healthcare providers across the state to be alert for other suspected AFM cases.

From August 2014 to August 2018, the CDC reported receiving information that there had been a total of 362 cases, most of which affected children.

Recent cases in NYS have been confirmed among individuals who reside in Western and Central New York, the Capital Region and Long Island, and specimens have been received from other regions for specialized testing at Wadsworth.

A spokeswoman for Children's Mercy said in an email that they have notified the health department and are working with the CDC to learn more about the illness. "We haven't completed our own investigations yet to confirm it's AFM so we haven't reported to the CDC", said Sherri Davidson, Alabama's state epidemiologist.

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.

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"The patients' symptoms have been most similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including poliovirus, non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and West Nile virus", the CDC says.

A growing number of cases are being reported across the country.

In summer and fall 2014, NY and other states witnessed an outbreak of EV-D68 associated with severe respiratory illness.

Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes. So far, there is no specific treatment for it.

Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza.

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