Several children in the United States suffer from a mysteriously paralyzing illness



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Updated: November 14, 2018 at 06:22

NEW YORK (AP) – In recent weeks, several children have been diagnosed with a mysteriously paralyzing disease, and health officials said on Tuesday they are still not sure about the cause.

This year's figure may exceed the similar outbreaks recorded in 2014 and 2016, the authorities reported. Fortunately, the disease is still rare: in 27 countries, 90 cases have been reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It is not known what causes some children to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms and legs. Symptoms usually occur approximately one week after children have high fever or respiratory illness.

Health authorities refer to the condition as acute myelitis. No one died of illness this year, but CDC officials say that at least half of the patients are not recovering from the paralysis, and some suffer from severe complications.

Polia and West Nile viruses are discarded. Doctors suspect that the cause may be a type of an enterovirus, which causes feverish symptoms in most people. However, CDC officials say it is not yet clear.

The first wave of mysterious cases of paralysis in 2014 coincided with the widespread increase in EV-D68-related enterovirus-related diseases reported by CDC officials. But there was no such increase in 2016 or in the present.

There is also a lack of clinical evidence: CDC's organs examined cerebrospinal fluid approximately 75% of 90 patients and detected the presence of EV-68 in just one case. Another type of enterovirus, known as EV-A71, was found in another patient.


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