Cases of a rare condition called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which has affected more than one hundred Americans this year, appear to have peaked, said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday.
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"Based on the number of reported cases of AFM in the United States by November 30, 2018, the number of people examined (PUIs) for AFM and will continue to decline for the remainder of 2018, "the Federal Health Officer said in a statement.
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The CDC has reported an increase in AFM cases every two years since 2014. Most young children are affected.
AFM is a " Polio-like disease, which is a "polio-like" disease, is rare but serious, affecting primarily the central nervous system, "in the area of the spinal cord, which is referred to as gray matter, which weakens the muscles and reflexes in the body, "says the health authority online.
The disease can be caused by certain causes Enteroviruses or "a group of viruses that cause a number of infectious diseases that are usually mild," says the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control online. In the last four years, the CDC has stated that 90 percent of AFM patients had "mild respiratory illness or fever associated with viral infection before developing AFM."
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It is also known that poliovirus and West Nile virus cause AFM. The treatment of the disease is different.
"Although fewer cases are expected in the coming months, CDC and its partners are carefully studying the AFM to gain a new understanding of the disease so that we can better diagnose, treat and prevent it in the future. "The CDC said.