Up to 127 People Have Developed a Rare, Polio-Like Illness — and Health Officials Don’t Know Why

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has so far this year recorded 127 suspected cases of a polio-like nervous system disorder that can cause paralysis, fueling an ongoing investigation into an outbreak of the rare disease. Of those 127 illnesses, 62 cases in 22 states are confirmed to be acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), the CDC said Tuesday. The CDC recorded only 33 confirmed cases of the severe condition — which typically affects kids and can result in muscle weakness or paralysis, respiratory failure and even death — during all of last year, though there were 149 cases the year before. “We have not been able to find the cause of the majority of AFM cases,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “We have detected enterovirus in several of these individual cases.” A few AFM clusters have made headlines recently. Three children were treated for suspected cases of AFM at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, ABC News reports, joining a cluster of cases in Minnesota and another in Colorado. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has since mid-September received a half-dozen reports of children with AFM, according to a statement. All of the Minnesota patients are younger than 10, and cases have been reported in northeastern and central parts of the state, as well as the Twin Cities area. “That is definitely more than would be expected,&rdqu...
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