» TRENDING: 7 major moves Kroger made in 2018
2. NO TREATMENT About 90 percent of the cases are children who have suffered muscle weakness or paralysis, including in the face, neck, back or limbs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after they had a fever and respiratory illness. There is no specific treatment for the disorder, whose confirmed cases have seen a significant increase this year.
3. RARE CONDITION This condition is not new, but the increase in cases we saw starting in 2014 is new. Still, CDC estimates that less than one in a million people in the United States will get AFM every year.
4. POTENTIALLY DEADLY The most severe symptom of AFM is respiratory failure that can happen when the muscles involved with breathing become weak. This can require urgent ventilator support (breathing machine). In very rare cases, it is possible that the process in the body that triggers AFM may also trigger other serious neurologic complications that could lead to death, according to the CDC.
5. IMMEDIATE ATTENTION Parents are urged to seek medical care if their child shows symptoms of the disease, and health providers can relay reports to public health authorities. Symptoms include facial weakness, difficulty moving eyes, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing or slurred speech.
FIVE FAST READS
• Target releases cheese-filled advent calendar for the holidays
• You won't believe the inside of this INCREDIBLE Oakwood house
• 5 things you need to know about Sears' bankruptcy
• Air Force adapts training for medics
• Sears among six retailers closing in Ohio this year