Specialists have predicted that by 2020 Covid-19 It will not be the only concern facing humanity, but it is expected that there will be an outbreak of a Deadly disease call Acute slack myelitis (MFA), very similar polio.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned doctors and the general public about this rare but serious neurological condition, which mainly affects children.
According to a statement from the organization, it has been analyzed that since 2014, every two years between August and November, there is a high registration of cases of this disease in the United States, probably when enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).
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A report published in Vital Signs indicates that there is a delay in the medical care provided for some patients in 2018, after 35 percent of the patients were not hospitalized until after two or more days after showing weakness in the extremities.
During that year, it was detected that the cases of this disease were most common in children (94 percent) and the majority of patients (86 percent) had the onset of discomfort between August and November.
Symptoms of AFM and Polio
Health experts have indicated that symptoms of a MFA They are similar to polio, although the results are negative for this deadly disease when tested.
Between symptom of acute flaccid myelitis is weakness in an arm or leg; loss of muscle tone and reflexes; difficulty touching the eyes or having dripping eyelids. difficulty swallowing or speaking; neck or back pain; and pain in arms or legs.
Other signs that people with AFM may develop include numbness or tingling and difficulty urinating; The most serious is when there are respiratory problems or serious neurological complications.
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On the other hand polio has symptoms as fever; sore throat, head, back, neck or extremities; vomiting; Fatigue; weak arms and legs and even loss of reflexes.
In the report, experts have indicated that so far there is no proven treatment or prevention method that has been shown to be effective for acute loose myelitis.
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The test performed in the presence of the above symptoms is sampling and an MRI of the brain and spinal cord.
Faced with the acute health problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, medical staff are evaluating the forms of immediate medical care as they highlight the importance of maintaining social distance.