Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

MDH: 7th Minnesota case of AFM 'under review' by CDC

MDH: 7th Minnesota case of AFM 'under review' by CDC

An analysis found the average age of the patients in confirmed cases over the past five years is 4 years old, and 90 percent occur in children 18 and younger. A spokeswoman for hospital said they have notified the health department and are working with the CDC to learn more about the illness. However, none of the US patients tested positive for polio, and, according to Dr. Messonnier, none of this year's cases have been linked to West Nile virus. The polio-like illness causes limited mobility or paralysis.

A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014.

The cause of the disorder has not yet been identified. This is the first report of potential AFM to the NDDoH.

There have been 62 reported cases in 22 states this year, the Centers for Disease Control said on its website.

According to the CDC, the most severe cases of AFM can lead to respiratory failure and even death.

About 120 confirmed cases were reported in 2014. Officials said it's too early to know whether the total for 2018 will surpass those previous years.

"This is truly a mystery disease", Messonnier told CBS News.

So far, AFM has affected fewer than one in a million people in the United States each year.

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Massachusetts General Neurology Department Director Dr. Marcelo Matiello urged parents who see any of these symptoms to get their children to a neurologist without hesitation. "Right now, we know that poliovirus is not the cause of these AFM cases". "We recommend seeking medical care right away if you or your child develop sudden weakness of the arms or legs".

Because the symptoms are similar, AFM is often confused with polio, a crippling and potentially fatal disease that is caused by a virus. West Nile virus is also not a culprit, she said.

State health officials in Minnesota issued an alert to doctors this month after six children there were diagnosed with AFM.

Other enteroviruses have also been found in patients with AFM. Officials will be conducting additional analysis on this year's cases.

Unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM.

Quinton Hill, 7, of Lakeville, Minn., lost movement in one arm last month due to a mysterious syndrome known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). But so far, no pathogen has been consistently detected in the patients' spinal fluid. Doctors at Children's have not seen an AFM patient needing a ventilator this year, but have treated such cases in the past, Benson said. "And he's had a lot of support at school with physical therapy". It could be potentially deadly if the diaphragm is paralyzed because the child would be unable to breathe.

"Families really sticking with it are seeing slow but steady recovery", he said. The highest number of cases took place in 2016, when 149 were reported cases in 39 states.

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