Mystery child illness now in Mississippi

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An illness that resembles Polio and is scaring parents across the country, is yet again turning up in Mississippi.

For the first time this year, a case of the illness has been reported in the state.

There have been more than 100 confirmed cases of a the illness in the US, 

WJTV 12’s Lanaya Lewis spoke with the Miss. State Dept. of Health, which is warning parents to keep their children up-to-date on vaccines.
The paralyzing illness, known as Acute Flaccid Myelitis, has reached 430 people in the US, over the past four years.

Dr. Paul Byers of the health department says they have “seen more cases this year than we did see last year in the US, but it is still a very rare illness.”
The illness is so rare in fact, that the CDC does not yet understand a cause.

All that is known for certain is victims are usually under 4-years-old and suffer from weakened limbs.
“More than 90 percent of the cases have presented with a mild upper respiratory illness or fever that comes a few days before they have the on-set of the weakness,” Byers said.
With no treatment available, doctors like Byers say keep your children vaccinated and constantly monitor your child’s health.
“Make sure that you and your child are washing your hands, avoiding other people who are sick… and if you do have young children make sure you’re cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces they may be around,” he said.

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