Case of Polio-like Disease

Child in Taylors Afflicted

Evan Smith
October 23, 2018 - 4:51 pm

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A toddler in Taylors has contracted the polio like illness that has been spreading across the country. 

Three-year-old Preslee Holcomb is now able to walk again, thanks to the support of a set of toddler-sized crutches, but it wasn’t long ago that her mother had no idea if her daughter would even live.  

As first reported by the Greenville News, that’s because earlier this year, just a few hours after coming home from soccer practice one afternoon, little Preslee suddenly lost the ability to move her arms.  

Some hours later, she was on a ventilator, unable to breathe on her own. Paralyzed from the shoulders down, the little girl was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, which is a poorly understood disease that, much like polio, strikes the nervous system, causing muscle weakness akin to paralysis.

So far this year, the CDC has 155 cases either confirmed or under investigation across 22 states, 90 percent of which occurred in children under the age of 4-years-old. Here are the warning signs to look out for:

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No one knows what causes the disease, who is most at risk, or its long term effects. Some patients recover, while others are left with seemingly permanent paralysis. So far, there’s been one other confirmed case in the state. 

But the CDC warns the disease is spreading. 

Stay with 106.3 WORD for updates.

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