Publicado: Sáb, Diciembre 01, 2018
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Polio-like disease has Gillibrand concerned

Polio-like disease has Gillibrand concerned

One additional suspected case also in the Sarpy/Cass Health Department jurisdiction is undergoing further testing at the CDC. The condition can cause paralysis in the arms and legs and affects mainly children.

"The thing that lowers my blood pressure, (is that) we're not seeing clustering, we're not seeing (spread among) family members or (in) day cares", Safranek said. "I'm sure if I provide the data to each senator about how many cases they have in their state, they'll be made more aware about how serious this is, and how anxious parents are." .

"At this time of year, many children have fever and respiratory symptoms". They include muscle weakness or paralysis, including in the face, neck, back or limbs. Although there is no cure for paralytic polio, about half of the small percentage of patients that develop this condition recover fully on their own, a quarter have mild residual weakness and about a quarter have severe permanent disability.Overall, the prognosis is better for younger children.

The officials said that parents can try to prevent the disease by making their kids regularly wash their hands, keep them up to date on their vaccinations, and spray them with insect repellent when they go outdoors to prevent mosquito bites.

The above graphic shows how AFM affects the nervous system
AFM not confirmed in patient after review

Safranek said health officials will continue to keep a close eye on the Douglas County child, who did have a paralytic illness. That could muddy the patient pool as researchers study the condition and seek a cause.

Last year, there were just 33 confirmed cases in 16 states, while in 2016, there were 149 confirmed cases in 39 states and D.C. In 2015, there was just 22 confirmed cases in 17 states, while in the last five months of 2014, there were 120 confirmed cases in 34 states. The illnesses have spiked in September each year and then tailed off significantly by November but this year the number has kept growing, CDC reports. "State and local health departments nationwide are working with federal partners to investigate cases and the possible causes".

There was a relatively large outbreak of AFM in the U.S.in late 2014.

While there is no treatment for the condition or proven prevention strategy, washing hands, covering coughs and staying home when sick can help avoid illness.

U.S. life expectancy drops, overdoses climb - govt report
Overall, Americans could expect to live 78.6 years at birth in 2017, down a tenth of a year from the 2016 estimate. Between them, these causes accounted for approximately 75 percent of total deaths across the USA a year ago .

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