Some extremely troubling news has emerged over the last few weeks. 38 cases of a "mysterious illness" have been confirmed in sixteen states.
On Wednesday, October 10, three more cases of the illness that leaves children partially paralyzed have been confirmed in Pittsburgh. The mysterious disease has been likened to polio.
The disease is called Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). It targets young children and attacks the body's nervous system. The harm to the spinal cord can result in paralysis.
The hospital in Pittsburgh that confirmed the three latest cases spoke out about the polio-like disease.
They wrote, "UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is taking care of three children with suspected Acute Flaccid Myelitis. The patients are currently undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatments. Isolation protocols and infection control procedures are in place and we are working with the CDC and the Allegheny County Health Department to further monitor and evaluate the patient conditions."
According to CBS, AFM is similar to polio. Sadly, unlike polio, there is no vaccine for it. Additionally, doctors do not know how AFM is caused.
Dr. Amaran Moodley said, "There's a sudden onset of weakness in the arm, leg, face, or the muscles that help us swallow and that we use to speak."
Please be praying for all of the children that have been affected by this horrible disease in the last few weeks! Pray for wisdom for their doctors and strength for their families! Share your prayers here. In other recent news, a 20-time Emmy winning news anchor just passed away after suddenly collapsing and fans are devastated.