"We know this can be frightening for parents", said Dr. NancyMessonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Another kind of virus is suspected, but it's been found in only some of the cases. Another spike came in 2016. Officials have been unable to determine why the spikes are coming in waves. But Messonnier cautioned that it would be "premature" to be confident that this year will be the same as the earlier years. "And certainly after three cycles of this, when we've looked through all the normal agents, we're looking beyond that to see if there are things beyond normal infectious diseases that could cause this", said Messonnier.
It shows distinct abnormalities of the spinal cord gray matter on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Neurological conditions like it have a variety of causes, such as viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders.
Of those, 30 states said they had cases that were confirmed, suspected or being investigated - including 15 states that said they had confirmed cases in 2018. Maryland's first case was reported September 21.
About 90 percent of the cases are children who have suffered muscle weakness or paralysis.
People can protect themselves from contracting AFM using methods similar to preventing getting the flu, Ellerin said. It affects mostly children.
More broadly, she noted, "there is a lot we don't know about AFM".
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The peculiar illness causes weakness in the limbs, loss of muscle tone, and may also result in neck pain, headache, difficulty swallowing or breathing, and in the worst of cases, respiratory failure. Officials said some patients diagnosed with AFM recover quickly, while others need ongoing care.
After testing patients' stool specimens, the CDC determined poliovirus is not the cause of the AFM cases. Messonnier said West Nile virus, which had been listed as a possible cause on CDC's website, is not causing the illnesses. CDC has tested many different specimens from patients with this condition for a wide range of pathogens, or germs, that can cause AFM.
AFM was first detected in 2014, when 120 cases were confirmed.
There have been no confirmed cases of AFM in Maine this year, according to Emily Spencer, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine CDC. "Our medical team has been reviewing vaccine records when available during this year's investigation and do not see a correlation", said CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund. Numbers dropped drastically in 2015 and 2017 - to 22 and 33, respectively - but were back up again in 2016 at 149.
The agency doesn't know who may be at higher risk for developing this condition or the reasons they may be at higher risk.
There is no specific treatment for AFM, but doctors may recommend physical or occupational therapy to help with arm or leg weakness.