Beebe warning parents of Acute Flaccid Myelitis, they say don’t ignore symptoms and go to the doctors

DELAWARE– Beebe Healthcare is warning parents to monitor symptoms in children for a polio-like virus.

The CDC recently sent out an alert on Acute Flaccid Myelitis saying they expect a higher number of cases this year.

This rare polio-like neurological condition typically impacts kids.

A doctor at Beebe said they are not sure why cases are supposed to be higher, but since the virus was first recognized in 2014, there has been an increase in the number of cases in even numbered years; and because of this they are stressing that parents keep an eye out for symptoms that include respiratory problems, fever, muscle weakness, and trouble speaking or swallowing.

“I think the bigger things is don’t ignore symptoms because of fear of going to the doctor, I think we are hopeful that because everybody has been social distancing and everybody has been masking the spike may be still might not happen,” Nicole Ryan, a pediatric neurologist, said.

Doctors told us the virus can be spread from person to person, so parents should be enforcing the same type of precautions that they are taking for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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