It seems to wax and wane from one year to the next, the CDC says.
In 2017, 33 cases were reported in 16 states.
Six children have been diagnosed with a rare and potentially deadly polio-like disease in Minnesota, state health officials revealed Friday. "That makes it seem like in 2018 it could come back". "Collecting information about suspected AFM cases is relatively new, and it is voluntary for most states to send this information to CDC".
While aspects of the condition are puzzling, Messacar says it's no mystery disease.
Its symptoms are likened to those caused by polio, which was eradicated in the US thanks to the polio vaccine. But not all who fall ill from an enterovirus will go on to develop the condition, experts say.
Herlihy noted it's "quite rare" to suffer neurological complications like AFM, encephalitis and meningitis from enteroviruses.
"This is certainly the largest outbreak of enterovirus A71 we've seen in Colorado", she said.
EV-A71 can cause hand, food, and mouth disease, primarily in children younger than 5. By the end of that year, 120 people had been diagnosed in 34 states.
"Parents described their kids as dizzy, wobbly and having jerky movements", Herlihy said.
Some viruses and germs have been linked to AFM, including common germs that can cause colds and sore throats, and respiratory infections. Minnesota typically records one case of AFM each year, and some years it does not have any at all, the department said. The case reports are from individuals younger than 18 years of age and from northern IL.
A rare but potentially severe condition that causes weakness or even paralysis in the arms and legs of children is on the rise, the Centers for Disease and Control of USA says. Most patients must be hospitalized.
Luckily, he was diagnosed fairly quickly since a doctor at the hospital where he was treated wrote a paper on AFM. However, the patients can regain functionality of the muscles through physical therapy. But a few still have partial paralysis and depending on which muscles are affected, children may need ventilators to help them breathe and may have to use wheelchairs.
Seven-year-old Quinton Hill from Lakeville is one of those six confirmed cases. Soon after the child developed a fever in July, he started losing mobility in his right arm and had difficulty moving his legs and sitting up. "There's not much that can be done and as a parent that's very hard to deal with". However, it recommends practicing disease prevention measures, including staying up-to-date on vaccines and protecting yourself from mosquito bites.