"Polio-like" Disease may spread in Minnesota after Six Cases

Six cases of rare ‘polio-like’ illness diagnosed in children in Minnesota ~ Courtesy CNN

According to the state health officer, In Minnesota, 6 children have been diagnosed with a rare and a tough disease which is somehow like polio. Children have been attacked by this disease since September mid. This disease called Acute Flaccid myelitis severely affects the nervous system of the body. It specifically targets the spinal cord and there are most chances of occurring paralysis. This disease, AFM is not exactly like polio as it has no vaccination.  According to the report of the state Department of Health, in Minnesota, there is one case per year of AFM and children are the most affected from this disease.

The regular cases in Minnesota are of children under age 10. AFM is basically a viral infection and its exact cause of happening is still not known. The initial symptoms of AFM in children include facial drooping, limb weakness and trouble in talking and swallowing. Doctors stress that the early signs of AFM should be recognized and treatment should be started as soon as possible to prevent from severity of disease. In 2014, August, AFM first hit the US. And at the end of 2104, total numbers of people affected from AFM were 120 in 34 states. There was a national outbreak of severe respiratory diseases which were caused by the enterovirus D68. From the year 2014 to 2018, information regarding total number of 362 cases of AFM in the US has been received by the US diseases prevention and control center. According to the statement of CDC, disease prevention stamps should be practiced by the people by having vaccines and taking care of cleanliness. They should also prevent from mosquito bites.


Polio is highly severe disease with potential deadly infection. It is caused by the poliovirus. This virus is transmitted from person to person and it can have severe effects of the brain and spinal cord of the system. It can also be a cause of paralysis in the body.

  • Symptoms

Normally when the people get affected with this disease, more than half of them don’t recognize these symptoms as polio doesn’t have any visible symptoms.

The symptoms which normally the people feel in their early days of infection include:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Stomach pain

These symptoms usually last for 2 to 5 days and then they go away by their own. Some of the people don’t take these symptoms seriously and then their spinal cord and brain gets affected.


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