Possible polio-like illness reported in Buffalo

October 12, 2018 08:46 AM

Doctors in Western New York are looking into a suspected case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis or AFM.

It's a rare polio-like condition that causes partial paralysis in kids. The suspected case is at Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

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The Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are also investigating.

While the CDC says there was a spike of AFM in 2014, less than one in a million people get it each year.

Dr. Mark Hicar of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society says these are very rare occurrences.

“I don't anticipate having a large outbreak season like the outbreak season of 2014 we had only about 150 cases throughout the United States” Dr Hicar said.

The illness causes nerves to weaken resembling polio. There have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM across 16 states this year.    

The best way to protect yourself and your kids: wash your hands frequently and avoid people who are sick.


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