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(Neb)-Polio-Like Disease Confirmed In Eastern Neb Child

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/28/2018 11:02 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Health officials have confirmed Nebraska's first case of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM - a rare, polio-like illness that can cause paralysis in the arms and legs and affects mainly children.

      The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says the child, who lives in the jurisdiction of the Sarpy/Cass Health Department, was hospitalized and later released. No other information about the child has been released.
 
     A suspected case reported in Douglas County was dismissed after a thorough review by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
     An increase in AFM cases nationwide started in 2014 and the CDC says there have been 440 confirmed cases in the U.S from August 2014 through last month.


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