UPMC treating polio-like illness in kids

Local News

Health investigators in Pittsburgh are among those in several states trying to figure out how children contracted an illness with polio-like symptoms.

UPMC says that its children’s hospital is caring for three children with suspected cases of acute flaccid myelitis, which can develop from a viral infection. Symptoms of AFM can include arm or leg weakness, facial drooping and trouble swallowing or speaking.

Health officials recommend that If your child is having these kinds of symptoms, have him or her seen and evaluated by a physician immediately

UPMC says the patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh are undergoing diagnostic procedures and treatment. The hospital says it’s also following protocols for isolating the children and controlling the spread of infection. They’re working with the CDC and the Allegheny County Health Department on the cases.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss