WASHINGTON – There are now 286 cases of acute flaccid myelitis in the US this year, according to the US Disease Control and Prevention Centers this year.
That includes 116 confirmed cases of polio-like illness, also known as AFM, which results in a sudden increase of parsley. That is 10 more robust cases than reported by the agency a week ago. There are 170 additional possible AFM cases under investigation.
More than 90 per cent of the 440 patients with AFM since 2014 have been younger than 4 years old. Most children with confirmed cases had a virus with symptoms, including fever and cough, three to 10 days before the paralysis began, the CDC said this month.
Patients with positive AFM in 31 states, the CDC have now been identified for the first time. There are 15 cases in Colorado, the state with the highest number, followed by Texas with 14 confirmed cases. 16 statements do not have any confirmed cases, and 12 countries report only one confirmed case, according to the CDC.
It is unclear whether there is a higher risk of AFM in statements that have a higher number of cases or if the ones are said to be better in identifying and reporting patients. Although the CDC has encouraged doctors to report cases, there is no requirement to do so.
Most AFM patients became ill between August and October, and according to the CDC, the number of diseases has reached all other falls since 2014.
Even with the increase in cases, according to the CDC, "less than one to two in a million children in the United States will have AFM each year."