HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – It's Called a Mysterious Disease and Compared to Polio
Over the past four years, Centers for Disease Control have experienced an increase in Acute Myelitis, also known as AFM. The neurological disorder causes paralysis and weakness in the extremities and is most often diagnosed in children.
The CDC published a report earlier this week stating that 62 cases were confirmed this year. 1
The number of reported and confirmed cases began to increase in 2014. She deserves the title "mysterious" because CDC officials do not know what causes it or why they saw more cases four years ago.
Orville Young in Minnesota …
"And the results come back and he had an anomaly through his entire spinal cord," said his mother Elaine Young.
Preslee Holcombe of South Carolina …
"We're already starting to wonder if she'll be able to drive, she'll ever be able to play football again," said her mother, Elizabeth Holcombe.
And Gracie Fisher in Colorado …
"So I started feeling a tingling in my hands and pain in my neck and within five minutes I could not walk," she said.
The symptoms were most similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including polio virus, non-polio enteroviruses d West Nile virus. Since August 2014, the CDC has confirmed 386 cases, mainly in children.
"Currently 3 cases are under investigation and we currently have no conclusive information", dr. Burnestine Taylor from the Alabama Department of Public Health said.
There will be an MRI to confirm if the patients have AFM.
"There are some abnormal changes in the spine that have been identified with other patients and you would need this evidence to actually have a confirmed case, Dr. Taylor said." What the doctor will do is rule out that other causes rule out other things that could cause it. "
Alabama Department of Public Health officials do not know when the cases were originally reported, but they want to emphasize how rare that condition is AFM is about 1 in 1 million For more information about AFM visit the CDC.gov