The disease, called acute flaccid myelitis, has been linked to the paralysis of a three-year- old boy in Virginia, United States.
doctors treating the child reportedly considered a number of possible explanations, such as Guillain-Barre syndrome before diagnosing AMF.
however the condition not only affects children.
Monday, the Center for Control and Disease Prevention reported that from August 2016, there have been 50 cases of AFM confirmed in 24 states – nearly double during 2015, when they reported 21 cases throughout the year.
AFM Some experts believe could be related to a strain of enterovirus – only virus that doctors say causes a stomach infection -. experts warn is now circulating again
But US experts said could also be caused by other viruses, such as West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis and adenovirus.
NBC News said doctors are warning that this could be the ‘same mysterious disease similar to polio detected in 2014 that paralyzed 120 children.
in the US, increasing cases of AFM in 2014 coincided with a nationwide outbreak of severe respiratory illness among people caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).
however, according to the CDC between people, experts do not systematically detected EV-D68 in samples collected from them
the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says :. “Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, which can result from a variety of causes, including viral infections.
” AFM is characterized by a sudden weakness in one or more arms or legs, plus the loss of muscle tone and decreased or absent reflexes.
“Numbness or other physical symptoms are rare, although some patients may have pain in your arms or legs.
” in some cases dysfunction nerves that control the head and neck, resulting in characteristics such as facial weakness, difficulty swallowing, or eye drop, may accompany limb weakness. “
Experts still not yet have determined who is at greater risk of developing AFM, or the reasons why they may be at increased risk.
the condition was compared with polio, a disease that can sometimes lead to persistent difficulties or for life.
About one in 200 people infected will have some degree of permanent paralysis, and others may be left with problems that require treatment and long-term support, such as muscle weakness, or shrinking tight muscle or joints