Health officials confirm three cases of AFM (Acute Flaccid Myelitis) in Illinois. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health out of 16 people, there are three positive cases of AFM. Additionally, there is another confirmed potential AFM case. The officials have also judged two people who are not infected. Although, there are ten other cases yet under observation. Out of the 16 inspected cases, all of them belong to northern and central Illinois. On top of that one of them is under 18 years of age. On the other hand, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is curing a child with polio-like symptoms. This case is relevant to the polio-like disorder.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier from CDC said ninety percent of the cases are in those under 18 years of age. Therefore, it is fundamentally a disease in children. She said AFM is rare but a severe one. The CDC says the infection primarily affects the nervous system and may lead arm or leg weakness. Additionally, it may result in loss of muscle tone and reflexes. Besides, there is no particular prevention or medication for this illness. Messonnier says they are looking very broadly at any probable cause. Thus, they are looking at anything that might cause the AFM. In addition to that, CDC’s previous investigations have not disclosed any reason behind the polio-like disease.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the best possible way to prevent the disease is taking vaccines on time. The department recommends to wash hands and defend against mosquito bites. According to Dr. Dirk Haselow, state epidemiologist, health officials yet don’t know the condition is escalating, what causes it or how to avoid it. The disorder primarily targets children between the age group of 4 to 5. Furthermore, he said it’s rare for the people with the condition to completely recover or recoup their strength or flexibility. In a press release, the IDPH said it continues to work with health care providers to gather necessary data. Further, the IDPH will hand over the information to the CDC.