Report: CDC investigating rise of paralysis-causing syndrome

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ATLANTA (NEWS10) – According to ABC News, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a rise in cases of a dangerous health condition that can cause temporary or sometimes permanent paralysis.

According to the CDC, since August 2014, the agency received an increase in reports from people around the country of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a rare illness that affects a person’s nervous system, specifically the spinal cord. Health officials say AFM can be caused by various germs and viruses.

Credit: CDC
Credit: CDC

From January 1 to August 31, 2016, a total of 50 people across 24 states were confirmed to AFM. That’s up from 21 confirmed cases last year in 16 states.

The CDC says it still hasn’t found the cause of illness, although it’s still investigating and working closely with healthcare providers.

Health officials recommend being up-to-date on recommended vaccinations, including Polio, washing hands, avoiding close contact with sick people, and cleaning surfaces with a disinfectant.

Symptoms of AFM include facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty swallowing or slurred speech.

There is no specific treatment for the condition.

Learn more about AFM.

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