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CDC Investigates 4 Possible Cases Of Rare, Polio-like Illness In Michigan

October 23, 2018 - 7:45 pm

SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is waiting on test results to confirm if four people in Michigan have a rare polio-like illness.

Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, says there are four possible cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis or AFM -- a rare but serious condition -- in Macomb, Oakland and Ottawa counties.

"(There are) four people that have signs of muscle inflammation, weakness or paralysis in certain areas," Wells told WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites on Tuesday. "Three of these cases in Michigan are less than the age of 18. We do have one adult as well."

It will take a couple of weeks or more to get tests results back on these patients from the CDC in Atlanta to see if they have AFM, Wells said. 

Nationwide, a total of 155 cases are being investigated. Of those. 62 cases have been confirmed in 22 states according to the CDC.

The average age of patients confirmed to have the condition is just 4 years old, and more than 90 percent of cases overall occur in children age 18 and younger, according to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

"CDC has been actively investigating AFM, testing specimens and monitoring disease since 2014, when we first saw an increase in cases," Messonnier told reporters last week. "Most AFM cases occur in the late summer and fall," she added, although there is no other "unifying factor to explain the peaks."

Get more information about Acute Flaccid Myelitis from the CDC at this link