U.S. health officials are inspecting acute flaccid myelitis, polio-like disease, which infects the limbs, and has infected around 127 people in the U.S.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on October 16, 2018 about the spread of a mysterious, polio-like disease that weakens the limbs, and sickened about 62 people in 22 states in the U.S. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDCâ€™s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in Atlanta, said about the outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis as, â€œa mystery, we havenâ€™t solved it yet.â€ The disease had spread during 2014, with an outbreak of 120 cases and reached up to 400 cases in the U.S. during the period. The CDC has not found any cure for the disease as of yet.
Acute flaccid myelitis infects mostly children, however the spread of the disease is limited to less than one in a million people as per data collected by CDC since 2014. CDCâ€™s director, Messonnier announced, â€œparents need to know that acute flaccid myelitis is very rare, even with the increase in cases that weâ€™re seeing now.â€
Research is being conducted to find a possible cure for the disease, but no successful answers have been found yet. The agency is searching for any possible viruses and environmental toxins that would have led to the cause of acute flaccid myelitis. CDC maintains that the possible cause of the disease might be due to infections with viruses such as West Nile Virus, adenovirus, poliovirus, and non-polio enteroviruses.
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