NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – US health experts have warned of a serious illness with mild symptoms but are developing rapidly to end the paralysis.
One day, four-year-old Joey Wilcox woke up and his family discovered that the left side of his face was down.
This was just the beginning of a nightmare "nightmare" for parents and doctors, according to Time magazine.
Three days later he was taken to the hospital where he was taken directly to the central care unit, unable to move his arms, feet or even sit.
All physical and laboratory tests and tests could not determine why the child was going, and doctors feared that Joy would begin to lose her breathing ability.
His father, Jeremy Wilcox, said, "It's scary. Your son can be cold and paralyzed."
Still, Joy survived death or paralysis, but still suffers from some of the symptoms of the mysterious disease.
Joe is one of 228 confirmed cases in the United States in the last year of the disease, known as acute attenuated myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord that destroys nerve fibers.
The disease, which can sometimes lead to fatal paralysis, appears to be spreading and dwindling from year to year, and the wave of concern for public health in the United States has begun to plague more and more children.
The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fushi said the disease carries similar elements of polio that have spread among humans for centuries before the outbreak of other frightening epidemics in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Fuchi, who published a report on the disease last Tuesday in the mBio newspaper, said the debilitating disease is unlikely to become a serious epidemic, such as polio, which has infected tens of thousands of American children annually before the vaccine became available in the 1950s.
However, he warned that the disease would not be limited to a few hundred cases per year.
While other countries reported limited outbreaks of the disease, such as Canada, France, Great Britain and Norway, the size and pattern of outbreaks in the United States were greater than in other countries.
More than 550 Americans have contracted the unknown disease in the past decade, with 32-year-olds and children accounting for about 90% of all cases, most between 4 and 5 and 6 years, Time said.
According to the report, most people with the disease had symptoms like weakness and fever, and then developed symptoms for paralysis.
In some cases, the symptoms begin more simply, such as an inability to move the thumb suddenly, or inability to eat or even breathe, and to have a normal inspiration.
Many of the families of the infected children reported that their children had recovered at least some movement in the affected legs, but there were no reports of complete recovery of the disease.
The health professionals involved in the disease can not give details of cases of recovery among those who were infected, or even the number of deaths from the disease.