Rare polio-like disease is spreading — CDC

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"CDC has been actively investigating these AFM cases, and we continue to receive information about suspected AFM cases".

So far, 62 cases have been confirmed across 22 states this year, a number that remains unchanged. But whatever is causing AFM, it does not seem to cause paralysis or muscle weakness to anywhere near the degree that polio did, said Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, an expert in rare neurological autoimmune disorders at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, who has treated some AFM patients.

"Even with the spike of cases that we have at the moment, it's still an incredibly rare condition", Friedman said. There are five suspected cases that have not been confirmed.

While it's speculative, many doctors believe those who develop AFM may have an underlying genetic predisposition to the condition.

The agency said that enterovirus and West Nile virus, as well as rhinovirus and unspecified environmental toxins, were confirmed as the root causes of some AFM cases, according to health officials.

AFP is the umbrella term used for "syndromes characterized by the acute onset of weakness of the limbs", including AFM, CDC notes.

"But that said, because we are seeing quite a few more cases than we would normally see, we certainly want our colleagues.to be aware of what to look for", he said of other practitioners and hospitals.

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HuffPost Canada has reached out to the Canadian Paediatric Society for comment.

The CDC confirmed 22 cases in 2015, 149 cases in 2016 and 33 cases in 2017, although the exact cause of the condition, and who is at higher risk for developing AFM and why have not been confirmed.

Doctors say the disease starts off as a common cold but the virus attacks the spinal cord.

"We understand that people, particularly parents, are concerned", Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director for the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters earlier this month.

ipolonina/Getty Images The average age of those affected by AFM in the U.S.is four years old. Some patients experience long-term paralysis requiring long-term care while others may fully recover, according to Pardo-Villamizar.

"As a parent myself I understand what it's like to be scared for your child", she added. Symptoms include facial droop, difficulty moving the eyes, slurred speech, and difficulty swallowing. "We recommend seeking medical care right away if you or your child develop sudden weakness of the arms and legs".

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