Rare health threat captures attention in the heartland

An electron micrograph of a thin section of EV-D68 a rare enterovirus.									Cynthia S. Goldsmith and Yiting Zhang  CDC

BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is investigating a report of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in a North Dakota child.

There are now 62 confirmed reports of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, an illness similar to polio, across 22 states in the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illness has been compared to the polio and West Nile viruses.

CNN did not have any reported cases in Missouri but our news partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported at least one child had sought treatment at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters Tuesday that 90 percent of the cases occur in those 18 years of age or younger.

Trump tells AP he’s not to blame if Republicans lose House
Bush gazes lovingly toward Trump as Abraham Lincoln, who the viewer sees from behind, appears to be conversing with Trump. It has no curator-William Allman, who long held the post, retired past year and has yet to be replaced.

There were 120 cases in 2014 when the disease was first detected in the United States. Scientists are investigating a number of causes, including viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders, the CDC said on its website. The disease affects the body's nervous system and can cause paralysis.

Although some AFM patients tested positive for an enterovirus, indicating a possible link, not all had the virus.

The illness affects the patient's spinal cord. "Kids may have a cold-like symptom, cough, congestion and fever, and what is alarming and frightening is they suddenly develop weakness, and typically it's in an arm or leg, and you can look at the list of symptoms, and it comes out of the blue". In extreme cases, paralysis and death can occur. Seven children have been affected in that state.

As of yet, there is no known effective treatment for the condition, but the vast majority of patients do recover with treatment.

Meghan Markle's sister refused Kensington Palace entry after arriving uninvited
On Sunday, Samantha teased her Twitter followers, writing, " Everybody would love to know what's in that letter ". Samantha, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was pushed by her partner in a wheelchair through an open gate.

What is acute flaccid myelitis?

Although symptoms resemble polio, no evidence of poliovirus has been found in specimens from any case diagnosed so far, Messonnier said.

The Douglas County Health Department's Phil Rooney said, "This is not a diagnosis like flu or other diseases where you can do blood draw fluids". CDC experts say the overall rate of AFM is about one in a one million.

The CDC encourages people to prevent the disease by staying up to date on vaccines, washing hands and protecting against mosquito bites. Doctors at Children's have not seen an AFM patient needing a ventilator this year, but have treated such cases in the past, Benson said.

Meghan Markle's ex-husband Trevor Engelson gets remarried
The bride wore an off-the-shoulder white dress, while the groom donned a grey suit with a pink shirt and no tie. Both women actually share a link to Prince Harry .

CDC is not releasing a list of the 22 states with confirmed and suspected cases because of privacy issues. States are not required to provide this information to CDC, but they have been voluntarily reporting their data.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dodgers' Machado fined by MLB for kicking Brewers 1B Aguilar
Oct 18, 2018 - 04:13
Machado came into this postseason with a reputation, as all longstanding baseball players develop at some point in their careers. But the Dodgers again struggled at the plate after going 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position during a 4-0 loss in Game 3.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest
Oct 18, 2018 - 03:16
More than 55,000 winning tickets are outstanding, with unclaimed prizes ranging from $2 to $50,000, according to the statement. The chance of matching all six numbers for the Mega Millions and taking home the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle sweetly talks about her pregnancy during Sydney walkabout
Oct 16, 2018 - 16:58
She had her hair dyed pink and fingernails painted green especially for the occasion. I said, "Well you should, because your mother, you know, produces them to us".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lacazette hails Arsenal strike partnership with ‘brother’ Aubameyang
Oct 16, 2018 - 16:32
The victory took Arsenal up to fourth, just two points off the top spot which is occupied by current champions Manchester City. It helped, of course, that Fulham again played such an expansive style that is bound to give opponents chances.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls Out Floyd Mayweather Jr
Oct 16, 2018 - 15:29
Floyd Mayweather has released a response after Khabib Nurmagomedov challenged him to come out of retirement for a fight. While in Russian Federation over the weekend, Khabib ran into the CEO of Mayweather Productions - Leonard Ellerbe.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Breast cancer plate marks 10 years, $3 million raised
Oct 16, 2018 - 13:58
Barbara Westfall of Greenwood has gone to several breast cancer support group meetings over the years. Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of breast cells.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Saudi Arabia preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died in consulate
Oct 16, 2018 - 13:55
Those intercepts were shared with senators in classified materials last week, making it impossible to suppress them. Prince Mohammed has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top U.S. 'punished' if Saudi arms sale halted over Khashoggi
Oct 16, 2018 - 12:58
Prince Mohammed told Reuters previous year that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom. Saudi officials have been in and out of the building since Khashoggi's disappearance October 2 without being stopped.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United States hurricane leaves homes unmoored, power lines damaged
Oct 15, 2018 - 01:33
And now we're going around the neighborhoods making sure that they're not in any of these houses that are so extremely damaged". Contributors in Florida include Associated Press writers Jay Reeves in Panama City, Brendan Farrington in St.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Princess Eugenie reveals stunning second wedding dress
Oct 15, 2018 - 01:31
President Donald Trump praised Princess Eugenie for being attractive on her wedding two days after it happened. Brooksbank, 32, is a brand ambassador for Casamigos tequila, which was co-founded by actor George Clooney.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Does Donald Trump Listen to Kanye West's Music? Here's What We Know
Oct 15, 2018 - 00:44
The BBC reports that Donald Trump also mentioned a more unexpected musical preference in Think Like a Billionaire . Kanye West has resurfaced on social media , engaging in a 10 minute discussion centering on "mind control".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tottenham’s Harry Kane has brilliant record against West Ham
Oct 15, 2018 - 00:42
Spain were eliminated in the round of 16 after coach Julen Lopetegui left for Real Madrid on the eve of the tournament. The signs are good. "We are on the right track but there is a very long way to go".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi Arabia rejects Trump's 'threats' over missing journalist
Oct 15, 2018 - 00:09
Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post , has not been seen since he walked of the Saudi consulate on Oct 2. The Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has been on a reform drive to diversify the country's economy from oil.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google brings camera twists, bigger screens to Pixel phones
Oct 13, 2018 - 04:45
You can watch subscription Prime Video and "video Flash Briefings from Sky News Australia, Fox Sports and more". It's not the first of its kind, as Lenovo already has the Smart Display , which has an identical feature set.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fact-checking President Trump's USA Today op-ed on 'Medicare-for-All'
Oct 13, 2018 - 04:31
The decision to go to the rally stands in sharp contrast to Trump's criticism of then-President Barack Obama. That's pretty good", he said amidst applause from the audience.