(WISH) – There are now 286 cases of acute flaccid myelitis possible and confirmed in the United States this year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
News 8 reported on the AFM in October.
This includes 116 confirmed cases of rare polio-like disease, also known as AFM, leading to sudden onset of paralysis. There are 10 more confirmed cases than the agency reported a week ago. Another 170 possible cases of AFM are under investigation.
Over 90% of the 440 patients with AFM since 2014 have been children under 4 years of age. Most children with confirmed cases had a viral illness with symptoms including fever and cough about three to 10 days before the onset of paralysis. said this month.
Patients with confirmed AFM are in 31 states, which the CDC has now identified for the first time. There are 15 cases in Colorado, the state with the highest number, followed by Texas with 14 confirmed cases. Nineteen states have no confirmed cases, and 12 states are reporting only one confirmed case, according to the CDC.
It is unclear whether there is a greater risk of AFM in states that have a greater number of cases or whether those states are better at identifying and reporting patients. Although the CDC has encouraged doctors to report cases, there is no requirement for this.
The majority of patients with MMA fell ill between August and October and, according to the CDC, the number of illnesses has reached the peak of all other falls since 2014.
Even with the increase in cases, according to the CDC, "less than one in two in a million children in the United States will receive AFM every year."