Last year, there were just 33 confirmed cases in 16 states, while in 2016, there were 149 confirmed cases in 39 states and D.C. In 2015, there was just 22 confirmed cases in 17 states, while in the last five months of 2014, there were 120 confirmed cases in 34 states.
Gillibrand says there are several cases still being investigated by the CDC and fears that many children have already died or been paralyzed in unconfirmed cases of AFM.
Two cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) are the first to be identified in the city.
Xavier's story comes on the heels of a new report on the mysterious, rare "polio-like" disease popping up across the USA that has now spread to 31 states, sickening at least 250 children. Two cases have been confirmed in NYC. Nineteen states have no confirmed cases, and 12 states are reporting only one confirmed case, according to the CDC.
Safranek said he did not know whether the Sarpy-Cass child has had lingering effects.
While the illness resembles polio, patients test negative for polio virus.
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Almost three months after he arrived at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario suffering from a rare polio-like condition, a four-year-old boy is back home and preparing for school. A dozen states had only one confirmed case, according to the CDC. There is no known cause or treatment for this disease. "AFM can have symptoms that are similar to polio".
"A mild respiratory illness or fever consistent with a viral infection" were seen in more than 90% of patients diagnosed with AFM since 2014, the CDC said.
"Most of them are between 2 and 8 years old", she said. The illnesses have spiked in September each year and then tailed off significantly by November but this year the number has kept growing, CDC reports. "We recommend seeking medical care right away if you or your child develop sudden weakness of the arms or legs".
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging congress to quickly fund research of a polio-like disease that's affected hundreds of children across the country.
The New York City Department of Health did not respond by press time with locations of the outbreak in New York City.