Polio-Like Illness

By Lexi Bishop

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Health investigators are trying to figure out what the cause is to the polio-like virus breakout, also known as Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). AFM seems to attack younger kids. The reason doctors think this occurs is that their bodies and immune systems are not as strong as teens or adults. Since September 20, about six kids were diagnosed with AFM. Experts say this virus can lead to paralysis and possibly, even death.

For one little boy in Minnesota, he had problems moving while trying to recover from a common cold. This is so rare that is only occurs in about one in a million cases in the world. If you have a child with these kinds of symptoms, get them to the doctor immediately to try to prevent the disease from spreading and being even worse. Some symptoms include eyelid weakness or facial droop, difficulty moving eyes, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, and paralysis.

Since 2014, more than 360 cases of AFM have been reported in the United States. Doctors and experts are still unsure about all of the causes of this rare virus. Simple things that could help you avoid getting AFM is washing your hands, staying up-to-date on your vaccinations, and staying home if you are sick.

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