WATCH: 72 confirmed cases of rare, polio-like AFM in 24 states: CDC
The illness mostly affects children and the outbreak is believed to be linked to several viruses. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: WNT Source Type: news

Polio-like disease striking down dozens of children is NOT transmissable between humans
Dr Robert Redfield said acute flaccid myelitis is the CDC's priority right now. This year, at least 72 children in 22 states have been diagnosed with AFM which causes sudden paralysis at random. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC director: Polio-like illness "doesn ’t appear to be transmissible"
Watch the extended conversation Tuesday, Oct. 30 on "CBS This Morning" (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC's handling of polio-like illness criticized by its own advisers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's own medical advisers are criticizing the federal health agency for being slow to respond to a polio-like disease that's struck hundreds of children over the past six years. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya:Health Ministry - Triple Polio Doses Were Meant to Cover 'Loophole'
[Nation] The Health ministry has cited precaution as the reason behind the recent multiple campaigns against polio, where children in 12 counties have received up to three doses in quick succession. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 29, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Health Ministry - Triple Polio Doses Were Meant to Cover 'Loophole'
[Nation] The Health ministry has cited precaution as the reason behind the recent multiple campaigns against polio, where children in 12 counties have received up to three doses in quick succession. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 29, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Polio like virus 2018 symptoms: US states hit by new outbreak - what are the symptoms?
AN outbreak of a rare polio-like virus is sweeping across the US and targeting children. But what are the symptoms? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Polio outbreak in USA 2018: What is polio-like virus acute flaccid myelitis?
POLIO-like virus acute flaccid myelitis has broken out in the US, with 155 patients under investigation for the condition this year. So what is acute flaccid myelitis? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya:Immunise Children Against Polio, Save Lives
[Nation] Since 2014, Kenya has been free of any wild poliovirus (WPV) circulation. Routine environmental surveillance by the Ministry of Health has, however, revealed traces of the polio virus Type Two in Eastleigh and Kamukunji in Nairobi County. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Immunise Children Against Polio, Save Lives
[Nation] Since 2014, Kenya has been free of any wild poliovirus (WPV) circulation. Routine environmental surveillance by the Ministry of Health has, however, revealed traces of the polio virus Type Two in Eastleigh and Kamukunji in Nairobi County. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 25, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nigeria May Be Declared "Polio Free" in 2019, Says Rotary District Governor
[Daily Trust] Abeokuta -The District Governor of Rotary Club International District 9110, Kola Sodipo, has hinted that Nigeria may be declared "polio free" next year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria May Be Declared "Polio Free" in 2019, Says Rotary District Governor
[Daily Trust] Abeokuta -The District Governor of Rotary Club International District 9110, Kola Sodipo, has hinted that Nigeria may be declared "polio free" next year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 25, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Polio Infrastructure Remains Crucial for Mounting Initial Response to Disease Outbreaks in Nigeria
[WHO] Abuja, 23 October, 2018 - "My phone rang on 22 August. The familiar voice on the other side sounded anxious. It was the local government area Director of Health who said 'Dr Halima, we need you to come down to the clinic and support us immediately'. With over 10 years working on polio eradication, I realized that another call to duty beckons," says Dr Halima Isa, an environment health officer supporting in active case search for polio, cholera and other emergency cases in the North East. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio Infrastructure Remains Crucial for Mounting Initial Response to Disease Outbreaks in Nigeria
[WHO] Abuja, 23 October, 2018 - "My phone rang on 22 August. The familiar voice on the other side sounded anxious. It was the local government area Director of Health who said 'Dr Halima, we need you to come down to the clinic and support us immediately'. With over 10 years working on polio eradication, I realized that another call to duty beckons," says Dr Halima Isa, an environment health officer supporting in active case search for polio, cholera and other emergency cases in the North East. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 25, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia:Close to Ending Polio - No Time to Be Complacent
[Observer] Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Close to Ending Polio - No Time to Be Complacent
[Observer] Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 25, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa:WHO, Unicef Reaffirm Their Commitments to Stop Off Polio in the Horn of Africa
[WHO] 24 October 2018, Addis Ababa: As the world commemorates World Polio Day on October 24 2018, we, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Rotary International, reaffirm our commitment to stopping polio in the Horn of Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: WHO, Unicef Reaffirm Their Commitments to Stop Off Polio in the Horn of Africa
[WHO] 24 October 2018, Addis Ababa: As the world commemorates World Polio Day on October 24 2018, we, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Rotary International, reaffirm our commitment to stopping polio in the Horn of Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 25, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Polio - Who Warns Countries Against Complacency
[Daily Trust] The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised Nigeria and other countries in the region not to be complacent in their efforts to eradicate polio. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 24, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio - Who Warns Countries Against Complacency
[Daily Trust] The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised Nigeria and other countries in the region not to be complacent in their efforts to eradicate polio. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 24, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:World Polio Day - What Nigeria Needs to Do to Eradicate Scourge - WHO
[Premium Times] As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to observe the World Polio day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for heightened surveillance (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 24, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: World Polio Day - What Nigeria Needs to Do to Eradicate Scourge - WHO
[Premium Times] As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to observe the World Polio day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for heightened surveillance (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 24, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Why is it so important to eradicate polio?
Dr Ahmad Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Since 1988, when the global goal was first agreed by the member countries of the World Health Organization, vast amounts of effort and money have been spent on the global mission to eradicate polio, to wipe the disease clean off this earth. So why is it so important for us to keep investing time and effort after so long? I am part of a team of people dedicated to eradicating polio in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region. Working with national governments and our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we have gradually cleared po...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 24, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Polio vaccine contamination case: Bio-Med MD gets bail, drug inspectors apologise to court
Bio-Med, a 43-year old Ghaziabad-based vaccine maker came under the scanner of the Drug regulator last month when the inspectors claimed they found polio type 2 virus in the vaccines made by Bio-Med. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - October 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

A Virus Outbreak Has Killed 6 Children at a New Jersey Health Center. Here ’s What to Know
A viral illness outbreak has killed six children and infected 12 others at a medical facility in New Jersey, state health officials confirmed Tuesday. Eighteen cases of adenovirus, six of them fatal, have been confirmed among pediatric residents at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, according to a statement from the New Jersey Department of Health. An investigation is ongoing, but the center has agreed not to admit new patients until the outbreak is deemed over. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement Tuesday that state and local health officials are working to contain the outbreak. ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime New Jersey onetime Source Type: news

A Virus Outbreak Has Killed 7 Children at a New Jersey Health Center. Here ’s What to Know
A viral illness outbreak has killed seven children and infected 11 others at a medical facility in New Jersey, state health officials announced Wednesday. The New Jersey Department of Health initially announced that 18 cases of adenovirus, six of them fatal, had been confirmed among pediatric residents at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell. On Wednesday, officials announced that a seventh child, who was among the 18 original confirmed cases, died on Tuesday. An investigation is ongoing, but the center has agreed not to admit new patients until the outbreak is deemed over. New Jersey Governor Phil...
Source: TIME: Health - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime New Jersey onetime Source Type: news

Spike in mysterious polio-like disease: 155 cases now being investigated, CDC reveals
The CDC confirmed on Monday it is investigating 155 cases of acute flaccid myelitis - up from 127 reported last week. Of that number, 62 cases have been confirmed in 22 states. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DOH: Another Suspected Case Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis In Mass., 5 Total
CBS (CBS) — The Massachusetts Department of Health is investigating another suspected case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in the state. There are five suspected cases of the polio-like disease, and another two cases have been confirmed.  Read: Acute Flaccid Myelitis Fact Sheet Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it focuses on “the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, and the muscles and reflexes in the body become weak.” Most of the cases have been in children, said the CDC. Sy...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Acute Flaccid Myelitis AFM Local TV Source Type: news

155 cases of polio-like illness now under investigation, CDC says
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that there are 155 patients under investigation this year for acute flaccid myelitis, a condition that that can cause paralysis and mostly affects children. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cases of rare, polio-like paralysis targeting kids appear in Canada
Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported a small surge in cases of a mysterious disease in children. More than 60 cases of the polio-like illness have been confirmed in 22 U.S. states in recent weeks. Now, doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto say they’re seeing cases in Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radio/White Coat, Black Art Source Type: news

Polio-Like Illness Strikes Kids, Frustrates Doctors
The good news is that the disease is very rare. Only one in 1 million people will get it, and most of them will recover without treatment. Still, because the disease is more likely to strike children, and because of the mysteries of it and because of the dramatic health effects, it gets more attention than it might otherwise. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Polio-like Virus Infects Kids, Frustrates Doctors
The good news is that the disease is very rare. Only one in 1 million people will get it, and most of them will recover without treatment. Still, because the disease is more likely to strike children, and because of the mysteries of it and because of the dramatic health effects, it gets more attention than it might otherwise. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Eradication of Polio Is a Debt We Owe Nigerians - Osinbajo
[Leadership] Abuja -The Abuja Commitment made by the Federal and State governments to provide active leadership of polio eradication activities, including routine immunization, is a debt owed to Nigerians according to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Eradication of Polio Is a Debt We Owe Nigerians - Osinbajo
[Leadership] Abuja -The Abuja Commitment made by the Federal and State governments to provide active leadership of polio eradication activities, including routine immunization, is a debt owed to Nigerians according to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

WATCH: New AFM cases surface in MD and PA
Both states are reporting 8 patients being treated for the illness with polio-like symptoms. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: WNT Source Type: news

What to know about the mysterious, polio-like illness called AFM
There's a rare side effect of some viruses that's been making headlines. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Mysterious polio-like illness impacting children in the U.S.
A mysterious polio-like illness is on the rise in the U.S., mainly impacting young children. The CDC has confirmed more than 60 cases of accute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, which causes weakness or paralysis. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook joined CBSN with more. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rise in cases of rare polio-like illness in U.S. children, officials say
Waves of the mysterious condition that causes muscle weakness seems to appear every other year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Symptoms of mysterious polio-like illness parents should know
Health officials have issued an unusual warning about a growing number of cases of a polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Something Like Polio Is Back- Can A Miracle Vaccine Save Us Again?
Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is an illness with symptoms similar to polio, and it's preying on children in the very same city where Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine over half a century ago. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Adam Barsouk, Contributor Source Type: news

What is AFM? Everything you need to know about the polio-like virus suddenly affecting children across the U.S.
It ’s mysterious, it’s dangerous and it’s got parents on edge from coast to coast.It ’s a medical condition calledacute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. The disease causes sudden, unexplained paralysis, usually in children. Its resemblance to polio has caused the public to take notice.Federal health... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - October 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

CDC Warns Of Polio-Like Mystery Illness That's Paralyzing Kids
Cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) are extremely rare but on the rise in the U.S. How it spreads is unknown. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 17, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mysterious Paralyzing Illness Found Among Kids in 22 States
  NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday reported a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and said it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern. At least 62 cases have been confirmed in 22 states this year, and at least 65 additional illnesses in those states are being investigated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Similar waves of the same illness occurred in 2014 and 2016. CDC officials say they haven't found the cause. Some possible suspects, such as polio and West Nile virus, have been ruled out. Another kind of virus is suspected, b...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Medical Writer & Reuters (Video) Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Mysterious Paralyzing Illness Found Among Kids in 22 States
  NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday reported a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and said it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern. At least 62 cases have been confirmed in 22 states this year, and at least 65 additional illnesses in those states are being investigated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Similar waves of the same illness occurred in 2014 and 2016. CDC officials say they haven't found the cause. Some possible suspects, such as polio and West Nile virus, have been ruled out. Another kind of virus is suspected, b...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Medical Writer & Reuters (Video) Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

More Reports of Children Being Paralyzed by Mysterious Disease
Dozens of cases of acute flaccid myelitis have occurred this year, and while it resembles polio, health officials have ruled out poliovirus. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - October 17, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

U.S. CDC confirms 62 cases of rare polio-like neurological condition
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a rare, polio-like condition that causes weakness in the arms or legs, across 22 states. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

"This is truly a mystery disease": CDC confirms spike in polio-like illness
The majority of cases are in children with an average age of just 4 years old (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The DRC Ebola Outbreak May Be Declared an International Public Health Emergency. Here ’s What to Know
The World Health Organization (WHO) will meet Wednesday to determine whether a worsening Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. The meeting, set to be held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, comes about a month after the WHO upgraded Ebola’s risk level in the DRC from “high” to “very high,” according to a UN statement. At that time, global risk was deemed low and the WHO did not recommend limiting travel or trade in and out of the DRC. But depending on the conclusion of Wednesday’s eme...
Source: TIME: Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized ebola healthytime onetime Source Type: news

The WHO Said the DRC Ebola Outbreak Is Not an International Public Health Emergency. Here ’s What to Know
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that a worsening Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) does not constitute an international public health emergency, but stressed in a statement that it remains “deeply concerned” about the situation. The emergency meeting, which was held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, was called about a month after the WHO upgraded Ebola’s risk level in the DRC from “high” to “very high,” according to a UN statement. At that time, global risk was deemed low and the WHO did not recommend limiting travel ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized ebola healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Rare polio-like disease cases confirmed in 22 states
Federal health officials issued an unusual public warning about a growing number of cases involving a polio-like illness mostly in children. Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, has now spread to 22 states, and 62 cases are confirmed. The symptoms often include severe muscle weakness or paralysis. Dr. Tara Narula reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news