Polio-like Disease Strikes Children

In summary, polio-like disease is a rare condition that causes symptoms similar to polio but is not caused by the poliovirus. The symptoms include weakness or paralysis, facial drooping, difficulty speaking or swallowing, and difficulty breathing. It primarily affects children under 5 years old, but anyone can develop it. Diagnosis involves physical examination, medical history, and laboratory tests, and treatment focuses on managing symptoms and preventing complications. There is no specific treatment, but supportive care and other therapies may be recommended.
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A Science mag news article describes a rare disease (acute flaccid myelitis) that can cause Polio-like symptoms has been found in 22 of the US states.
It may (or may not) be due to the enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a polio relative.
The virus is thought to normally cause mild flu symptoms, but its infection may result in paralysis that can be severe and irreversible.
 
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Yeah, it seems brutal. It sounds like early detection can aid in treatment, so if you notice any muscle weakness in your kids or friends' kids, get them examined STAT.
 
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Related to Polio-like Disease Strikes Children

1. What is polio-like disease?

Polio-like disease is a rare condition that causes symptoms similar to those of polio, a viral infection that primarily affects the nervous system. However, unlike polio, polio-like disease is not caused by the poliovirus and does not have a vaccine.

2. What are the symptoms of polio-like disease?

The symptoms of polio-like disease include sudden weakness or paralysis in one or more limbs, facial drooping, difficulty speaking or swallowing, and difficulty breathing. Some children may also experience fever, headache, and body aches.

3. Who is at risk for polio-like disease?

Polio-like disease primarily affects children, especially those under the age of 5. However, anyone can develop the condition, and there is no known risk factor or predisposition for it. It is also important to note that polio-like disease is a rare condition, and the chances of developing it are very low.

4. How is polio-like disease diagnosed?

Polio-like disease is diagnosed through a combination of physical examination, medical history, and laboratory tests. Doctors may also use imaging tests, such as MRI or CT scans, to evaluate the affected areas of the body and rule out other conditions with similar symptoms.

5. Is polio-like disease treatable?

There is currently no specific treatment for polio-like disease. However, doctors may recommend supportive care to manage symptoms and prevent complications. This may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and respiratory support for breathing difficulties. Some children may also receive immunoglobulin therapy or antiviral medications, although their effectiveness in treating polio-like disease is not yet established.

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