Klobuchar Calls for CDC Investigation of Polio-Like Illness

October 09, 2018 04:12 PM

The video above is from an Oct. 8 report.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is urging the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate and respond to cases of the polio-like illness Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), according to a release from the senator's office. 


On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health announced there have been a total of six reports of pediatric acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) since Sept. 20. 

In a letter to the CDC, Klobuchar asked the director to share the organization's plan to address the infections.

"The CDC has acknowledged that 362 cases of AFM have been reported since 2014, indicating an increasing infection rate. AFM causes patients' muscles to weaken and symptoms include sudden muscle weakness in the arms or legs, neck weakness or stiffness, drooping eyelids or a facial droop, difficulty swallowing or slurred speech. These symptoms are remarkably similar to polio or the West Nile Virus. As AFM affects mostly children and has no known cure, it is imperative that CDC conduct an expedited investigation and response to AFM infections," Klobuchar wrote. 

Symptoms of the rare disease include weakness and loss of muscle tone, facial droop or weakness, difficulty moving the eyes and difficulty swallowing and slurred speech. 

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