ELIZABETH PAYNE A BRAD HUNTER
Nearly three months after he arrived at the East Ontario Children's Hospital suffering from a similar polio condition, a four-year-old boy is back home and prepares for the school.
Xavier Downton's life was quite different than before he was blocked to CHEO on September 4, thinking of what his family was of flu.
The boy, who was looking forward to starting the hockey of this collapse, is now using a wheelchair – some doctors and therapists think temporarily.
"They think he's going to walk again and he's probably running again," said his mother Rachelle Downton. "It's just taking time."
And Xavier does not have very little use of a right arm, which has been forced to go back to the left, something he has mastered, his mother says.
Xavier and family have many challenges as a result of the damage caused by acute flaccid myelitis, the rare condition that was broken on the weekend of the Labor Day.
Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, is the term used to describe sudden weakness in one or more members due to the incidence of the spinal cord.
The story of Xavier concludes a new report on the polio-like disease; mysteriously, which is extending across the United States that has now spread to 31 states, with fewer than 250 children.
Here, the Canadian Public Health Agency has confirmed that there were 48 likely AFM cases across the country in 2018 – confirmed 25 and 23 were investigated.
Officials do not have an idea of what causes acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), or how to treat or prevent it.
The Disease Control and Prevention Centers (CDCs) are investigating 170 further cases of people with AFM symptoms.
Most patients had a mild illness or respiratory fever, consistent with a virus, before becoming ill.
The one of the cases has not been associated with the poliovirus, although the effect is similar to polio. It is a condition that causes growing concern to public health officers this year.