Polio Type Illness in Pittsburgh
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A mysterious polio-like illness that partially paralyzes its victims has arrived in Pittsburgh after recently being reported in other parts of the country. UPMC has confirmed that three children are being treated at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville for suspected acute flaccid myelitis. "The patients are currently undergoing Diagnostic procedures and treatment. Isolation protocols and infection control procedures are in place," UPMC said in a statement. "We are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC and the Allegheny County Health Department to further monitor and evaluate the patient conditions." Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare but serious condition. According to the CDC it affects the nervous system, specifically the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, and the muscles and reflexes in the body become weak. The CDC has seen an increase in cases since 2014. Between 2014 and 2018, the CDC received reports of more than 360 cases. Recently, the Minnesota Department of Health announced six cases had been reported in children under 10 years old. There are a variety of possible causes of AFM such as viruses, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders. Most of the cases that CDC has learned about have been in children..