AMF, the mysterious polio-like disease that's been detected in 16 states and recently diagnosed in Minnesota, has now been found in an Iowa baby.

A month and a half ago, Kelli Stravers and her husband thought their 3 year-old son just had a common cold but his runny nose turned into something worse.

After many tests, doctors say it's Iowa's second case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis -- a disease that mimics polio and causes paralysis. While only one other case has been confirmed, there have been six reported cases in Minnesota.

What should parents keep a lookout for? Symptoms of the disease include:

  • Difficulty moving the eyes or drooping eyelids
  • Facial droop or weakness
  • Difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech
  • Sudden arm or leg weakness

Unlike polio, acute flaccid myelitis can not currently be prevented with a vaccine.

The CDC advised, "persons should stay home if they are ill, wash their hands often with soap and water, avoid touching and shaking hands with those who are ill, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

[sources: KELOWikipedia]


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