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Mysterious Polio Like Illness Cases Continue to Surface

2018-10-29 20:16
DOCTOR ESPER SAYS THAT EXPERTS ARE STILL LEARNING ABOUT A-F-M, BUT IT IS KNOWN TO PRIMARILY AFFECT CHILDREN. THE C-D-C HAS BEEN TRACKING CASES SINCE 20-14. A-F-M TYPICALLY STARTS AS A COMMON COLD. WHEREAS A NORMAL COLD RUNS ITS COURSE AND IS DONE, A-F-M DEVELOPS AFTERWARD AND RESULTS IN MUSCLE WEAKNESS ON ONE OR BOTH SIDES OF THE BODY, USUALLY IN THE ARMS OR LEGS. DOCTOR ESPER SAYS THAT A-F-M CAN HAPPEN TO ANY HEALTHY CHILD, BUT EXPERTS DO NOT YET KNOW WHY SOME CHILDREN DEVELOP IT AND OTHERS DO NOT. THERE IS NO SPECIFIC TREATMENT FOR A-F-M, AND THERE ARE NO ANTIBIOTICS TO SHORTEN THE DURATION OF THE ILLNESS. DOCTOR ESPER SAYS THAT TYPICALLY, BY THE TIME A-F-M DEVELOPS, THE INITIAL COLD VIRUS HAS ALREADY RUN ITS COURSE AND THE SYMPTOMS OF WEAKNESS ARE LIKELY THE RESULT OF THE BODY’S IMMUNE SYSTEM RESPONSE TO THE INITIAL VIRUS. HE SAYS THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT A-F-M IS TO WASH HANDS, STAY HOME WHEN SICK AND COVER COUGHS AND SNEEZES TO PREVENT TRANSMISSION OF GERMS. THERE ARE SOME CHILDREN WHO NEED PHYSICAL THERAPY AND ONGOING TREATMENT TO REGAIN THEIR STRENGTH FOLLOWING A-F-M, BUT DOCTOR ESPER SAYS THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE CHILDREN WHO DEVELOP THE ILLNESS GET BETTER QUICKLY ON THEIR OWN.