US authorities yesterday acknowledged ignoring the direct cause of acute shocking paralysis in the face of a sharp increase in this rare childhood disease that cares for many parents.
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This year, 252 children were treated for symptoms of this poliomyelitis disease, which causes hand and foot paralysis, said Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Vaccination and Respiratory Services in the United States. Disease Control and Prevention Centers (CDCs).
Since the last week, 33 new cases have been reported, and in 80 approved patients, it seems we have moved to the festival in the last two years (in 2019 – 149 cases and in 2014 – 120 cases), according to M. Messonnier .
Only about ten cases were discovered in 2015 and 2017, when the child died of acute splashing paralysis (AFP). More than 400 cases were approved at the Laboratory since 2014, when the syndrome began.
The scientist has argued that the disease, whose origin remains mysterious and against which there is no specific treatment, remains "rare," despite growing parental care.
The disease affects the nervous system
Most cases are children aged 2 to 8 years. Everyone complained about fever and breathing problems within three to ten days before paralysis. Some are quick to sing, many others remain paralyzed. The disease affects the nervous system in the spinal cord.
Of the 125 cases studied by the CDC, half were positive for enteroviruses or rhinoviruses, which caused fever, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea and muscle pain. But scientists still do not know the exact cause of PFA.
"It may be one of the viruses we have already discovered or a virus that we have not yet found," Nancy Messonnier said in the press. "Or it might be that the virus activates another process that causes PFA through an autoimmune process." "CDC is an agency that works with science and science is not giving a response at this time," she added.
Given the researchers' anxiety and lack of treatment, the CDC called on parents to "promptly receive medical assistance for children who suffer suddenly from their weak arms and legs".