Authorities announce return to the US of rare childhood paralyzing disease

Authorities announce return to the US of rare childhood paralyzing disease

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 1, 2020: A woman holds her child as a doctor listens to lung sounds with a stethoscope at an infectious diseases department of the Bashlyayeva Children's City Clinical Hospital that treats children with COVID-19 infection. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images): Children Hospital

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Officials with the state-run Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted parents and doctors on Tuesday to the probable return of a very rare neurological condition called acute flaccid paralysis, possibly caused by a virus and that mysteriously It returns every two years, mainly in children.

The CDC predicts that “2020 will be another peak year for acute flaccid paralysis” or “AFM” in English.

“AFM is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention and immediate monitoring,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in statements to the press on Tuesday, imploring parents to feel free to hospitalize their children despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Peaks of the disease have occurred every two years from August to November since 2014. In 2018, 238 cases were identified in the United States, with an average age of five years.

Doctors are helpless: the disease can cause paralysis in a matter of hours or days, and no treatment has shown efficacy.

“Unfortunately, many children with AFM will have permanent disabilities,” said Thomas Clark, a CDC pediatrician and assistant director for viral illness. “It is very important that children start rehabilitation very quickly.”


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