"Some children have persisting swallowing problems so they're still dealing with the complications of using a feeding tube".
"Physicians are on the lookout for the more common symptoms", said Dr. Angela Sinner, of Gillette Children's Hospital.
This disease affects the nervous system, specifically the area of a person's spinal cord called gray matter, according to the CDC.
At least two cases of a polio-like illness have been reported in Southeast Texas this year. According to the CDC, the largest number of cases, about 50, were reported in September 2014 before dropping to single digits in following months.
The children were hospitalized after experiencing "sudden onset of paralysis of one or more limbs". But those aren't the only signs: Other symptoms can include eyelid or facial drooping, difficulty moving the eyes, difficulty swallowing and slurred speech, according to the state health department. "We're working closely with medical providers and public health agencies". Cook Children's Medical Center has diagnosed three patients with AFM in 2018. It is actively investigating AFM cases, and trying to unearth more information about the mysterious condition.
Much is still unknown about AFM and often, a cause for AFM can not be identified.
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The CDC says it got information on 362 cases of the illness in the USA from August 2014 through August 2018. By the end of that year, 120 people had been diagnosed in 34 states.
Although we are still learning about AFM and its causes, being up to date on all recommended vaccinations is one way to protect yourself and your family from diseases that can cause AFM.
For Julia, doctors did a type of dialysis to clear out her blood, and she has a ventilator to help her breathe.
However, 11 of the Colorado cases of AFM have tested positive for EV A71, a rare type of enterovirus not usually seen in the USA but instead in Asia and other parts of the world, according to Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the Colorado state epidemiologist.
In 2016, there were nine cases of AFM in Washington and three in 2017.
Herlihy the best prevention is frequent hand-washing and keeping kids home when they are sick.