More Cases Of Mysterious Paralyzing Disease, Flaccid Myelitis, Reported In 22 U.S. States – Cause Remains Unknown


An unknown disease has been plaguing more and more states in the U.S.

The U.S. Health officials reported yesterday a jump in cases of a very rare paralyzing illness in children. It seems that this is following an every-other-year pattern.

At least 62 cases have already been confirmed by now in 22 states during this year, and more 65 illnesses in these states are being currently investigated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This happened again a few years ago, and similar waves of the same illness occurred in 2014 and 2016.

Officials claim they did not find the cause until now and some possible suspects which included polio and the West Nile virus have been ruled out.

It seems that another virus is the main suspect at the moment, but it has only been found in some of the cases.

Symptoms of the mysterious disease

“This is a mystery so far,” the CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier said in a call Tuesday with reporters.

About 90% of the cases are kids who have suffered muscle weakness or paralysis, including in the face, neck, back or limbs. These symptoms tend to occur about a week after they had a fever and respiratory illness.

Messonnier also said that despite the fact that this is pretty dramatic, more and more kids seem to recover.

Health officials have named the condition flaccid myelitis. Some of the states that have been previously announced in which kids got sick include Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, New York, and Washington.

Disease confirmation via brain scan and symptoms 

Lacking a precise cause for this, health officials have been confirming the cases via a review of the brain scans and also based on the patients’ symptoms.

About 120 confirmed cases have been reported in 2014. Another 149 were found in 2016. In 2015 and 2017, the counts of reported illnesses were not that many.

At the moment the cause is still unknown, and more analysis is required.


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